Richard Barrett is a former British diplomat and intelligence officer. He is senior vice president of The Soufan Group, a security intelligence service.

From March 2004 to January 2013, Barrett headed the United Nations Monitoring Team concerning al-Qaeda and the Taliban. While at the UN he also helped found the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force.

Before his time at the UN, Barrett worked for the British government in the Security Service (MI5), the Foreign Office, and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was director of global counter terrorism operations both before and after the 9/11 2001 attacks in the United States and he has served abroad in Canada, Jordan, Turkey, and the United States.

Barrett is a fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, and of the Royal United Services Institute in London and he is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Barrett was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire  in 1992 and a companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 2013.

Last Updated: September 1, 2017