John Jenkins

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Person.png John Jenkins   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born26 January 1955
Alma materThe Becket School, Jesus College (Cambridge)
Member ofRobert Crowley/List of CIA Sources 1
UK diplomat with several deep state positions

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In office
2006 - 2007
Preceded byPeter Ford
Succeeded bySimon Collis

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In office
2009 - 2011

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In office
October 2011 - November 2011
Also UK Special Representative to the National Transitional Council of Libya May–October 2011


Dates unknown

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In office
June 2012 - Present

Sir John Jenkins is a British former diplomat who was ambassador to several countries of importance to the UK deep state.


John Jenkins was educated at St Philip's Grammar School, Birmingham, The Becket School, Nottinghamshire and Jesus College, Cambridge where he gained a BA and a doctorate (PhD) in 1980. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1980 and served in Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Kuwait before being appointed ambassador to Burma 1999–2002; Consul-General at Jerusalem 2003–06; ambassador to Syria 2006–07; Director, Middle East and North Africa at the FCO 2007–09; ambassador to Iraq 2009–11; UK Special Representative to the National Transitional Council of Libya May–October 2011, then briefly ambassador to Libya October–November 2011; and ambassador to Saudi Arabia from June 2012.[1]

At the end of January 2015 he retired from the Diplomatic Service and as of 27 January 2015 became Executive Director of the Middle East branch of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, based in Bahrain.[2]

Jenkins was appointed LVO in 1989,[3] CMG in the New Year Honours of 2003[4] and knighted KCMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2011.[5] He is a Serving Brother of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.[6]

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