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Afghanistan: The Road to 2014 and Beyond

** Due to a change in travel plans, we are canceling this event.  We apologize for any inconvenience."

Please join us for an invitation-only, off-the-record roundtable discussion with Mark Sedwill, UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, led by New America Foundation President Steve Coll.


Featured Speaker
Mark Sedwill
UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Steve Coll

President, New America Foundation

Mark Sedwill CMG
UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Born in 1964 and educated at Bourne Grammar School in Bourne, Lincolnshire followed by the University of St Andrews where he gained a Bachelor of Science (BSc), and later a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

After university, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with his first overseas posting based in Cairo 1991-4 as a Second Secretary to Egypt, followed by then First Secretary in Iraq from 1996-97 whilst serving as a United Nations Weapons Inspector, and then in Nicosia as First Secretary for Political-Military Affairs and Counterterrorism from 1997-99. He was the Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Robin Cook and Jack Straw) from 2000-02 in the run up to and preparations for the 2003 Iraq invasion. From 2003 he was appointed the Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, followed by a year in 2006 as the Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Department, and then 2006-8 he was the International Director at the UK Border Agency.

In April 2009 he was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, and then in January 2010 moved across to NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, to be the civilian counterpart to the ISAF Commander, US General Stanley A. McChrystal and then US General David H. Petraeus.

 On 13 April 2011 it was announced that Sedwill would become UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, taking over in early May. He will also take up a new position of Director General (Afghanistan and Pakistan) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He married in 1999 and has one daughter. He was appointed CMG in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, FRGS.


Event Time and Location

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:15pm - 1:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036