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H.E. Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador, UK Representative to the EU Political and Security Committee

H.E. Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador, UK Representative to the EU Political and Security Committee

Biography

Julian Braithwaite took up his appointment as the UK’s representative on the European Union’s Political and Security Committee in August 2011. Julian began his career twenty years ago with the Bank of England where he worked on European monetary and banking issues. On joining the Foreign Office, Julian began a long association with the former Yugoslavia, beginning in London, working on NATO’s role in the Bosnian war. He was subsequently seconded to work for UNSRSG Thorvald Stoltenberg during the Eastern Slavonia negotiations at the end of the war in Croatia. He then served at the British Embassy in Belgrade as a political officer, covering Kosovo in particular. During the Kosovo crisis in 1999, Julian was seconded to the staff of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark, as a special advisor. In 2002 he was recruited by Lord Ashdown, High Representative and EU Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, to serve as his political advisor and Director of Communications. Between 1998 and 2002 Julian worked at 10 Downing Street as deputy spokesman for foreign and European affairs and then speechwriter for the Prime Minister, with responsibility for EU communications strategy. Julian returned to No10 in 2011 to take charge of communications during the Libya conflict. Between 2004 and 2008, Julian also served as a Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., with responsibility for Trade, Energy/Climate, business regulation and EU-US issues. From 2008-11 Julian was Director of Consular Affairs in London, running the FCO’s global consular operation. Julian was educated at Cambridge and Harvard, where he studied history and international affairs respectively. He is married with two daughters.

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