Peter Watkins

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Peter Watkins joined ICDS as a Non-Resident Research Fellow in 2023. He is also a Non-Executive Member of the Board of the UK Space Agency; a Member of the Council of Cranfield University; a Visiting Professor with King’s College London; a Visiting Senior Fellow with LSE IDEAS; and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. He was the Director General Strategy & International (2017-18) and Director General Security Policy (2014-17) in the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). In these roles, he was responsible for strategic policy & planning; deterrence policy, including nuclear; defence relations with NATO, the EU and with key bilateral allies (US, France, Germany, Australia); and, latterly, defence industrial policy, including exports. Previous roles included Director General of the Defence Academy (2011-14); Director of Operational Policy, MOD (2008-11); Director Typhoon (2007-08). Among earlier assignments, he was Private Secretary to the UK Defence Secretary (2001-03) and Counsellor (Defence Supply & Aerospace), British Embassy Bonn/Berlin (1996-2000).  He also was a Visiting Fellow with Harvard University (2006-07).

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