24 March 2019
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Sir Tony Brenton

Former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2004-2008

Sir Tony Brenton worked for over 30 years for the British Foreign Office.

He began his career learning Arabic and then spent three years in the British Embassy in Cairo working on the Middle East Dispute.

From 1980 to 1989 he dealt with European matters both in London and in Brussels, working in particular on energy issues, the Chernobyl crisis and the birth of European environment policy.

Back in London he ran UN issues in the Foreign Office and then took charge of preparation for the 'Earth Summit' of 1992 which achieved the first ever global agreement on Climate Change.

After a year at Harvard (writing a book about international environment policy - 'The Greening of Machiavelli') he learnt Russian and spent 1994-1998 in the Moscow Embassy dealing with the most tempestuous period of Russian economic reform. After a further period in London on UN matters (including in particular the establishment of the International Criminal Court) he was posted in 2001 to Washington and found himself handling the consequences of 9/11, the Afghanistan war and (as Charge d'Affaires) the Iraq war.

In 2004 he was posted to Moscow as Ambassador.

He was awarded a KCMG in 2007.

He is now a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge and is writing a book on Russian history.

He is also acting as an advisor to Lloyd's Insurance.