James Courtright

Research Associate
Associates are experts in their own field and contractually affiliated with Clingendael. Although associates are not employees of the Clingendael Institute, they comply with all policies that Clingendael staff do.


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Security and Justice


  • Sub Saharan Africa

James is interested in the political economy of natural resource management and conflict dynamics in the Sahel and savannah regions of West Africa. Before joining Clingendael James completed a two-year research fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs researching and writing about challenges facing Fulbe/Fulani/Peul communities across West Africa. Previously he worked for the African Network Against Extrajudicial Killing and Enforced Disappearances as a Human Rights Researcher summarizing and analyzing testimonies from The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commision. He also worked as a freelance journalist, based in Dakar, Senegal, covering human rights, environmental issues and migration in the subregion. He served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the town of Kolda, Senegal between 2013 and 2016. He holds a Bachelors in History from Denison University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is based in Dakar, Senegal. 

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