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Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Toward a future EU-UK relationship in foreign policy and defense

The UK and the EU will continue to share the same geography, the same strategic environment, and the same values, a reality recognized on both sides of the Channel. As the UK moves on from the Brexit process, it should find in the EU a partner sharing the same values and aspirations.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Gen. Stéphane Abrial, Sir Peter Westmacott, Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Sat, Jan 4, 2020

The implications of the Soleimani assasination

There will be plenty of people advising the US president that, even with Soleimani gone, the risk of leaving the stage completely is that Iran will find it even easier to fill the vacuum.

New Atlanticist by Peter Westmacott

Conflict Iran

Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Johnson triumphs in UK election: What’s next?

“Much of the electorate seems to have bought the Johnson message that electing a Conservative government will mark the end of the Brexit process," Sir Peter Westmacott said. "In fact, it only signals the beginning of the real negotiations on Britain’s future relationship with the EU and the rest of the world."

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Elections European Union

Sir Peter Westmacott is a distinguished ambassadorial fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center.

He became British ambassador to the United States in January 2012. This was his second posting to Washington since he previously served as the British Embassy’s counsellor for political and public affairs in the mid-1990s. His tour of duty ended in January 2016.

Prior to his service as ambassador to the United States, Westmacott served as ambassador to France from 2007 to 2012 and ambassador to Turkey from 2002 to 2006. Westmacott’s forty-year career in the British Diplomatic Service has also included four years in Iran (before the Revolution) and a secondment to the European Commission in Brussels.

He was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s director for the Americas from 1997 to 2000 before taking a seat on the board as deputy under secretary.

From 1990 to 1993, he was deputy private secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Peter’s personal connection with the United States extends back even further than his diplomatic career. In 1941 his father was a sub-lieutenant on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious when she was badly damaged by the Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean and subsequently accompanied Illustrious to Norfolk, VA for repairs before she returned to active duty.

Peter was born in Somerset in the south west of England and read history and French at New College, Oxford. He is married to Susie Nemazee and between them they have four grown children.