Jeremy Greenstock

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Jeremy Greenstock in 2013

Sir Jeremy Quentin Greenstock GCMG (born 27 July 1943) is a British retired diplomat, active from 1969 to 2004.

Life and career[edit]

Greenstock was educated at Harrow School and at Worcester College, Oxford. He was an assistant master at Eton College from 1966 to 1969. Greenstock joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969 and served until 2004. He served in the British embassies in Washington, D.C., Paris, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

United Nations work[edit]

Greenstock was the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations for five years, from 1998[1] to July 2003[2] where he attended over 150 meetings of the United Nations Security Council. From October 2001 to April 2003, he was Chairman of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee.[3]

In 2003 he acted as the head of a Security Council mission to West Africa to assess the UN activities there, including the work of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone.[4]

Iraq and aftermath[edit]

In September 2003, Greenstock was appointed the UK's Special Representative for Iraq, where he worked alongside Paul Bremer within the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Greenstock left his position in Baghdad in March 2004, on a timing agreed with the UK government.

Greenstock wrote a book about his role in the Iraq war that was expected to be released in autumn 2005, but was withdrawn from publication at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Greenstock appeared on the Charlie Rose talk show on 14 May 2008 and explained some of the contents of his book. During the interview he stated categorically that British and American leaders had known since 1998 that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had no nuclear weapon capabilities or programs.[5]

On 27 November and 15 December 2009, Greenstock gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry regarding his time as ambassador to the United Nations.[6][7]

Post retirement[edit]

Since leaving the diplomatic service, Sir Jeremy has held numerous positions. He was the Director of the Ditchley Foundation until August 2010 and a Special Adviser to BP from July 2004 to June 2010. Currently he is the Chairman of the United Nations Association of the UK, as well as the Chairman of Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd. He is an advisor to the International Rescue Committee-UK and to the NGO Forward Thinking, and a non-executive director of De La Rue. Jeremy is father to Katie, Nick, and Alexandra.

From 2007 until 2019[8] he was King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George, the order's herald.

Iraq: The Cost of War – Greenstock's diary of events leading up to, during, and after the Iraq War, which was banned from publication in 2005 after an intervention by then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw – was published in 2016.[9]


  1. ^ United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report 3912. The situation in Georgia Report of the Secretary-General concerning the situation in Abkhazia S/PV/3912 page 7. Sir Jeremy Greenstock United Kingdom 30 July 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  2. ^ United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report 4793. The situation in Cote d'Ivoire S/PV/4793 page 2. Sir Jeremy Greenstock United Kingdom 25 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  3. ^ "Speeches by ambassador whose name matches "greenstock"". Archived from the original on 16 October 2008.
  4. ^ United Nations Security Council Document 688. Report of the Security Council meeting to West Africa, 26 June-5 July 2003 S/2003/688 page 20. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  5. ^ "Greenstock interview (minute 5)". Charlie Rose. 14 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Iraq war legitimacy 'questionable' says ex-diplomat". BBC News. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Diplomat urges UK to 'avoid' Iraq mistakes in future". BBC News. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  8. ^ Court Circular, 30 May 2019.
  9. ^ Waugh, Paul (3 November 2016). "Brexit Vote Fuelled By Public Distrust of Politics After Tony Blair's War in Iraq, Says Sir Jeremy Greenstock". Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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