James Harkin is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, and the Intercept. He is director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. A former director of talks at the ICA, he once taught politics at Oxford University, and was associate producer on Adam Curtis’s two BBC series The Trap and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. For the past five years he’s been reporting on the Syrian conflict from all sides. His last book, Hunting Season, an investigative account of the rise of the Islamic State group and its campaign of kidnapping journalists, was published in November 2015.