Jeremy Greenstock

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Jeremy Q. Greenstock
Occupation diplomat
Known for Served as 2nd in Command during the Iraq occupation

Sir Jeremy Q. Greenstock,[1] GCMG (born 27 July 1943) is a retired British diplomat, active from 1969 to 2004.

Life and career

Greenstock was born in Harrow on the Hill, north-west London, the son of Ruth Margaret (née Logan) and John Wilfrid Greenstock.[2] He was educated at the Harrow School and Worcester College, University of Oxford. He was an assistant master at Eton College from 1966 to 1969. Greenstock joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969 and served until 2004. He served in the British embassies in Washington DC, Paris, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

United Nations work

Greenstock was the United Kingdom Ambassador to the United Nations for five years, from 1998[3] to July 2003[4] where he attended over 150 meetings of the United Nations Security Council. From October 2001 to April 2003, he was Chairman of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee.[5]

In 2003 he acted as the head of a Security Council mission to West Africa to assess the UN activities there, including the work of UNAMSIL.[6]

Iraq and aftermath

In September 2003, Greenstock was appointed the UK's Special Representative for Iraq, where he worked alongside Paul Bremer within the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Greenstock left his position in Baghdad in March 2004, on a timing agreed with the UK government.

Greenstock wrote a book about his role in the Iraq war that was expected to be released in the Autumn of 2005, but was withdrawn from publication at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Greenstock appeared on the Charlie Rose talk show on 14 May 2008 and explained some of the contents of his book. During the interview he stated categorically that British and American leaders had known since 1998 that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had no nuclear weapon capabilities or programs.[7]

On 27 November and 15 December, 2009, Greenstock gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry regarding his time as ambassador to the United Nations.[8][9]

Post retirement

Since leaving the diplomatic service, Jeremy has held numerous positions. He was the Director of The Ditchley Foundation until August 2010 and a Special Adviser to BP plc from July 2004 to June 2010. Currently, he is the Chairman of the United Nations Association of the UK, as well as the Chairman of Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd. He is an advisor to the International Rescue Committee-UK and to the NGO Forward Thinking, and a Non-Executive Director of De La Rue plc.


  1. MacLean, John N (11 December 1994). "Northern Ireland Realizes The Spoils Of Peace". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. Jeremy Greenstock (1998-07-30). "United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report meeting 3912 The situation in Georgia Report of the Secretary-General concerning the situation in Abkhazia". United Nations Security Council. p. 7. Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  4. Jeremy Greenstock (2003-07-25). "United Nations Security Council Verbatim Report meeting 4793 The situation in Cote d'Ivoire". United Nations Security Council. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. Jeremy Greenstock. "Speeches by ambassador whose name matches "greenstock"". United Nations Security Council. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  6. Jeremy Greenstock (2003-07-03). "United Nations Security Council Document 688 Report of the Security Council meeting to West Africa". United Nations Security Council. p. 20. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  7. "Greenstock interview (minute 5)". Charlie Rose Show. 14 May 2008. 
  8. "Iraq war legitimacy 'questionable' says ex-diplomat". BBC News (BBC). 27 November 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  9. "Diplomat urges UK to 'avoid' Iraq mistakes in future". BBC News (BBC). 15 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 

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