Sir Simon Gass has been appointed as the next Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies.
Sir Simon joins the Ministry of Defence following a long and successful career as a British diplomat who has lead the development of national policy and strategy to address some of the most pressing international security challenges.
As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Political Director, from 2012 to 2015, Sir Simon was responsible for policy on the Middle East, Russia, Africa, South and Central Asia, the United Nations and other international institutions.
He led the UK team at the prolonged E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) negotiations, which resulted in the successful Iran Nuclear Agreement in July 2015.
Before that Sir Simon held a range of policy and senior management posts within the FCO in London, and has extensive experience of diplomatic postings and secondments abroad.
In his role as Commandant RCDS, Sir Simon will be responsible for the running of the college; a world-renowned institution committed to developing strategic thinkers and leaders.
Sir Simon Gass commented: “I’m delighted to join defence at a time when understanding international security issues and strategy has never been more important. I join an excellent team and look forward to working with them.”
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