James Farwell

Associate Fellow, King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, Department of War Studies, Kings College, London; a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C; and. adjunct faculty, Joint Special Operations University.


James P. Farwell is an author and international defence consultant in the legal and policy issues for cyber war and cyber security, and strategic communication – especially as affecting political issues in North Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan.

He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, including Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), Special Operations – Low Intensity Conflict, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Strategic Command.

As an attorney, he is currently Of Counsel to Elkins PLC in New Orleans, where he leads a team specializing in cybersecurity. He holds the advanced CIPP/US certification in that field. Formerly he was a partner at Chaffe McCall law firm in New Orleans specializing in business law and litigation for major national and international clients. He has served as Arbitrator for NYSE and American Arbitration Association, and as a Mediator for American Arbitration Association.

He holds a B.A. from Tulane University, a J.D. in Law from Tulane University, and a D.C.L.S. in Comparative Law from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College).

He has international experience in handling political campaigns at the presidential level in handling campaigns for strategy and media. He has advised legislative candidates abroad, including United Bermuda Party; New Democracy Party (Greece); Lee Hoi Chang (Presidential, Korea); Antiqua; and British MPs.

In the United States, he has handled or advised as to strategy and media in campaigns for the U.S. Presidency – including Senator John McCain in 2008 and Newt Gingrich in 2012 — Senate, Governor, Congress and statewide offices. Non-partisan on national security, in 2016 he advised four Presidential campaigns or candidates on national security issues.

Mr. Farwell has worked with major multi-nationals and for advocacy groups and business associations.


Strategic communications

Global initiatives and actions

Communication strategy

Cyber policy development and authorities

Cyber security


The Architecture of CyberSecurity (co-authors V.N. Roddy, G. Elkins, Y. Chalker), 2017, Lafayette: University of Louisiana Lafayette/Sans Souci.

Forging Special Operations Cyber Capabilities to Counter Terrorism (co-author: Rafal Rohozinski), 2015, Monograph for Joint Special Operations University, (awaiting release).

Communication Strategy: How To Forge One That Wins (co-author: Darby Arakelian), 2015, (forthcoming from Joint Special Operations University).

“Issues of Law Raised by Developments and Use of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense,” 2014, in Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns (ed.), Taylor and Francis.

Persuasion and Power: The Art of Strategic Communication, 2012, Washington: Georgetown University Press.

The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination and Instability, 2011, Washington: Potomac Books.