In his articles, he focuses on the burning problems of both American and European societies. He deals with the ill-conceived idea of Brexit, migratory waves, and anti-Semitism from Estonia to Ukraine. He sharply criticizes the "brashly authoritarian populist," as he labeled Donald Trump and his foreign policy. In the presidential election of 2016, he saw Hillary Clinton as "an obvious choice, not only for those who do not want to see the US degenerate in the banana republic, but also as a clear conservative choice“.
For more than three years he worked as a political columnist for the Washington´s magazine The New Republic. Then he moved to Prague, where he worked for Radio Free Europe. Through this, his voice could be heard by people from the 21 countries where this radio broadcasts. In this period, he commented, for example, on fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus in 2010, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan and Libyan civil war.
James regularly comments for various televisions and radio stations. His articles appear in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others. In 2017, he published the unsettling book The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and The Coming Dark Age. In this book he offers a provocative perspective of the old continent, pressed by an unexpected crisis. The book has been translated into Czech and this year it will be published by the publisher Argo under the Czech title: Konec Evropy: Diktátoři, demagogové a doba temna před námi.
He cooperates with a nonprofit political organization, the Brookings Institution, which searches for new ways to address local and global issues that divide society. His voice also is also among the leading voices for international gay rights. He lectures about democracy, freedom, and human rights at major forums such as the Oslo Freedom Forum, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy or the Stockholm Free World Forum.