James Lockhart

About James Lockhart

I study American foreign relations, security, and intelligence; modern Latin America, especially southern South America during the Cold War; and global and comparative history as well. I research and write this history from a transatlantic perspective. My research highlights the importance of bringing area expertise and historical depth to security and intelligence studies. We cannot fully assess the effectiveness of American intelligence operations and intervention in any given region, or nation, unless we grasp these regions and nations' politics and history. Neither can we apprehend other nations' practices of security and intelligence, and begin to gauge their influence in their own national, regional, and world affairs, without knowing their politics, history, and culture -- starting with how they approach and conceive of security and intelligence in the first place.

I am currently writing an article-length institutional history of the Cuban intelligence service, and I have also begun to research my second book, dealing with Lt. Gen. Vernon Walters. Walters served as army attache, deputy director of central intelligence, and ambassador-at-large during the Brazilian coup of 1964, the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973, and the Falklands War in 1982, respectively. His career remains a focal point of Washington's efforts to shape Latin American, and in the case of the Falklands, British, politics. This book will evaluate these efforts while grappling with the problem of implementation through what political scientists call the strategic-relational approach. It reveals, among other things, the limitations of American influence in southern South America.

I lecture and supervise student research projects on American strategy, foreign relations, security, and intelligence; Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), a subfield of IR; international affairs; transatlantic and world history; and modern Latin America and the Global South. I am currently assistant professor of history at the American University in Dubai, in the Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies, where I have helped to write the security section -- research seminars in war and technology, conflict resolution, and illicit trafficking -- of its new MA in International Affairs. I am a member of Scholars Strategy Network and have contributed to War on the Rocks, an online magazine serving the national security community.

Select publications

Chile, the CIA and the Cold War: A Transatlantic Perspective (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

"Chilean Expansion and Southern South America's Integration into the Modern Capitalist System, 1879-1931" (2019).

"The Dulles Supremacy: Allen Dulles, the Clandestine Service, and PBFortune" (2018).

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Dissertation Title

Reimagining Chile's Cold War Experience: From the Conflict's Origins to Salvador Allende's Inauguration
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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