About Chris

Chris Barnes is a foreign policy and communication expert with experience in conflict management, research and analysis. He currently serves on the kglobal team supporting the U.S. Navy Office of Information (CHINFO) at the Pentagon where he works with stakeholders to develop, implement and assess the impact of Navy communication efforts, with a focus on digital and social media.

Prior to joining kglobal, Chris worked at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism where he led a project to identify and evaluate organizations placed on the Department of State’s Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL). He was responsible for determining organizations’ suitability for delisting, utilizing open and classified sources, and coordinated the determinations with stakeholders across the relevant bureaus and embassy postings. He also served in the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries within the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he evaluated proposals for projects under consideration by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and analyzed trends and developments in financial technology.

Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Master’s degree in Conflict Management and International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

One last thing…having studied issues ranging from Bargaining & Negotiation to Russian Foreign Policy and the North Korean regime, Chris has come to appreciate the essential nature of clear and effective communication among both friends and adversaries.