Adam Thomson

Director

Sir Adam Thomson KCMG has been the Director of the European Leadership Network since November 2016.

Before joining the ELN Sir Adam had a 38 year diplomatic career in the British Diplomatic Service, preceded by short spells at the World Bank and at Harvard. His final diplomatic posting was as the UK Permanent Representative to NATO between 2014 and 2016. Prior to that, from 2010 Sir Adam served as British High Commissioner to Pakistan and between 2002 and 2006 he was British Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

Earlier postings included Moscow, NATO, Washington DC and New Delhi. Sir Adam has also worked in London on Israel/Lebanon, in the Cabinet Office as the Soviet analyst for the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee (1989 – 91), as the Head of the FCO’s Security Policy Department and as FCO Director for South Asia and Afghanistan.

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Content by Adam Thomson

Commentary

Security Autonomy for Europe?

ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson looks at Europe's current inability to act autonomously on its own defence and suggests aiming at a European rather than EU strategic autonomy, which would include EU-NATO collaboration.

7 April 2017 | Adam Thomson
Euro-Atlantic Security|European Defence