In addition to being an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, Richard Barrett primarily serves as senior vice president for special projects at The Soufan Group in New York.
He is also a director of the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies in Doha, a national security fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, and a senior research fellow at the Center for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He serves on the boards of various other institutes and foundations related to counter-terrorism.
From March 2004 to December 2012, Richard was coordinator of the Al-Qai'da and Taliban Monitoring Team at the United Nations in New York, appointed by the UN secretary-general.
In 2005 Richard helped establish a system-wide UN working group on terrorism, which became the UN Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force following the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a Global Strategy to Counter Terrorism in September 2006. Within the Task Force, he led on radicalisation and de-radicalisation issues and on terrorist use of the Internet; he remains an adviser to its director.
Before joining the UN, Richard worked for the British Government in the Security Service, the Foreign Office and the Secret Intelligence Service, where he was in charge of counter-terrorism before and after the attacks in the United States in September 2001. He has served in Canada, Jordan, Turkey, and at the United Kingdom Mission to the UN in New York.