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Richard Dalton

Former British Ambassador to Iran, Associate Fellow at Chatham House

Sir Richard Dalton is an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House and a consultant and commentator on Middle East issues. He was a British career diplomat from 1970 to 2006. Between 1991 and 1992 he was a research fellow at Chatham House and published a study on security architecture for the Persian Gulf region. He was consul general in Jerusalem from 1993 to1997. In 1999 he re-established UK diplomatic relations with Libya, paving the way for the 2003 breakthrough on Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). From 2002 to 2006, as ambassador to Iran, he played a role in European negotiations with Iran, including on prevention of an Iranian military nuclear capability.

From 2006 to 2010 he worked with the Libyan British Business Council as director-general. In 2008 he co-wrote the Chatham House Middle East programme report, Iran: Breaking the Nuclear Deadlock. He chairs Chatham House’s round table on Libya.


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