Sir John Jenkins

Senior Fellow, Policy Exchange, formerly IISS/Yale

John Jenkins was Executive and then Corresponding Director (Middle East) at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), based in Manama, Bahrain from January 2015 to December 2017. He was a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs from January to December 2017. He is also a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange in London. Until January 2015 Sir John Jenkins was the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He was also the Benghazi-based British Special Representative to the National Transitional Council and later Ambassador to Libya during the 2011 revolution, Ambassador to Iraq, Syria and Burma and Consul-General in Jerusalem. In a 35 year career in the British Diplomatic Service he also lived and worked in Kuwait, the UAE, and Malaysia. He was Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign Office in London from 2007-2009, and was the lead author of the British Government’s Muslim Brotherhood Review in 2014.