About James Lockhart
I study American foreign relations and intelligence history, specializing in US-Latin American relations, particularly southern South America during the Cold War. I research and write this history from a broadly transatlantic and international perspective that includes European-Latin American and Russian-Latin American relations while recognizing the importance of intra-Latin American relations as well.
I will publish Chile, the CIA, and the Cold War: A Transatlantic Perspective (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press) in late spring or early summer 2019. Some of my work in intelligence history also appears here. I am currently researching my second book. It deals with Lt. Gen. Vernon Walters, who served as military advisor, deputy director of central intelligence, and ambassador during the Brazilian coup of 1964, the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973, and the Falklands War in 1982, and the limitations of American power and influence in southern South America during the Cold War. It grapples with the problem of implementation through what politcal scientists call the strategic-relational approach.
I lecture and supervise student projects on United States and world history, particularly the Atlantic world and the Global South, Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), American foreign relations, the history of the CIA and covert operations, and asymmetrical warfare as well. I have taught at the University of Arizona and at the Embry-Riddle College of Security and Intelligence. I am currently assistant professor of history at the American University in Dubai, in the Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies. I am a member of Scholars Strategy Network and have contributed to War on the Rocks, an online magazine serving defense intellectuals via the Texas National Security Network.