Clive Rose (diplomat)

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Sir Clive Martin Rose GCMG (born 15 September 1921) is a retired British diplomat.

Early life[edit]

Rose is the son of Alfred Rose, former Bishop of Dover. He was educated at Marlborough College and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Military service[edit]

In 1942 Rose was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade.[2]


In 1959 Rose was appointed Her Majesty's Consul for the Oriental Republic of the Uruguay based in Montevideo.[3]

In 1976 Rose was head of the United Kingdom delegation to the negotiations on Mutual Reduction of Forces and Armaments and associated measures in Central Europe in Vienna.[4]

In 1977 following a serious of strikes Rose was seconded to the Cabinet Office to chair the Cvil Contingencies Unit.[5] He chaired this throughout the Winter of Discontent.[6]

Rose served as Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council from 1979 to 1982.

Rose later became Chairman of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies.

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1976 Rose was apponited a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.[4] In 1981 Rose was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.[7]


  1. ^ British Diplomatic Oral History Programme
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35509. p. 1500. 31 March 1942. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 41748. p. 4098. 23 June 1959. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "List of awards in full." Times [London, England] 12 June 1976: 4+. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 8 Nov. 2013.
  5. ^ Peter Hennessy. "No emergency rescue plan if essential services break down." Times [London, England] 14 Nov. 1977: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 8 Nov. 2013.
  6. ^ Marquand, David (23 April 2009). "The twilight zone". New Statesman. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41639. p. 3. 12 June 1981. Retrieved 8 November 2013.