Whitehall Group Members and guests were able to hear Sir Tony Brenton’s views on the evolving situation in Ukraine first hand when Sir Tony joined them for lunch on 11th May. During lunch Sir Tony Brenton KCMG, former British Ambassador to Russia discussed “The Ukraine war; why and whither?”.
Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat, writer on international issues, and Fellow of Cambridge University. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975 and, in the course of a 33 year career, served in the Arab world, the European Union, Russia and the USA. He has dealt with such issues as the Arab/Israel dispute, global climate change, international energy policy, and the Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He was a senior official at the British Embassy in Washington DC following 9/11 and at the time of the Iraq war. He served as British Ambassador in Moscow 2004-2008 during the most difficult period in modern British/Russian relations. He has written a well received book on international environmental diplomacy “The Greening of Machiavelli” and edited a book (“Historically Inevitable“) on the Russian Revolution. He is a regular commentator in the “Times” and other British publications, Director of the Russia British Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge where he is writing a book on Russia at the time of Peter the Great.