James P. Farwell is an expert in information warfare, influence operations, and cyber policy and strategy, with a geo-topical expertise in the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan. He has advised the U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Strategic Command, Office of Undersecretary of Defense (Policy), Office of Undersecretary of Defense (Intelligence), and the U.S. Marine Corps on these topics. As a political consultant he was the executive director of John McCain's Ad Council for his 2008 race for President, former Speaker Newt Gingrich as Speaker and as a candidate for President in 2012. In 2016 he advised Governor John Kasich as a member of his national security team. He has advised heads of state in elections in South Korea, Greece, and Bermuda.
An attorney, Farwell is Of Counsel to Elkins PLC in New Orleans specializing in cybersecurity and holds the advanced CIPP/US certification in cybersecurity. He writes regularly for journals and newspapers, including Parameters, Strategic Studies Quarterly, The National Interest, Survival, and other publications. He is the author of The Pakistan Cauldron (Washington: Potomac Books, 2011); Persuasion & Power (Washington: Georgetown U. Press, 2012); Communication Strategy (Tampa: Joint Special Operations University, 2015)(Co-author: Darby Arakelian); Revitalizing Cities (Lafayette: U. of Lafayette Louisiana, 2016); and The Architecture of Cybersecurity (co-authors V. Roddy, G. Elkins, Y. Chalker)(Lafayette: Sans Souci/U. of Lafayette Louisiana, 2017). He has written an opera, The Fabulist, to be produced at the Charing Cross Theatre in London by Tony Award-winner Steven Levy and directed by Robert Chevara, expected to open in late 2017 or early 2018; and a comedy, Legal Insanity, to be produced by Steven Levy in the United Kingdom in 2018. He is an associate fellow, Kings Centre for Strategic Communication, Department of War Studies, Kings College, U. of London; Adjunct faculty, Joint Special Operations University; and a non-resident Senior fellow for the Middle East Institute.
B.A. Tulane, J.D. Tulane Law School, D.C.L.S., Cambridge University (Trinity College)
Countries of Expertise
Pakistan, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Iraq
Issues of Expertise
Information warfare, influence operations, communication strategy; and the realm of cyber: policy, strategy, authorities; Russian propaganda and weaponized social media.
Twitter Handle: @JamesFarwell