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Jon Wilks
Jon Wilks

Jon Wilks is the UK Special Representative to the Syrian Opposition, previously serving as British Ambassador to Yemen.Wilks joined the Diplomatic Service in 1989 and began his career as a desk officer in the Middle East Department. Two years full time Arabic language training followed, which led to postings in Sudan and Saudi Arabia. In 2002 he volunteered to serve on temporary duty as Deputy Head of Mission in Afghanistan. Later in 2002 he was seconded to the Cabinet Office Assessments Staff as an Iraq analyst and followed this in April 2003 with a diplomatic posting as deputy head of the team that reopened the British mission in Baghdad after the Iraq war. After 7 months in Baghdad, he returned to FCO in 2004 working in the Iraq Policy Unit. In 2005 he entered a new field, joining the FCO’s Political/Military team as Deputy Head of Security Policy Group. In 2007, he was the UK Government’s first regional Arabic Spokesman, based in Dubai and travelling throughout the Arab world. He tweets @JonWilksFCO.

COLUMNISTS
Jon Wilks
Jon Wilks

Jon Wilks is the UK Special Representative to the Syrian Opposition, previously serving as British Ambassador to Yemen.Wilks joined the Diplomatic Service in 1989 and began his career as a desk officer in the Middle East Department. Two years full time Arabic language training followed, which led to postings in Sudan and Saudi Arabia. In 2002 he volunteered to serve on temporary duty as Deputy Head of Mission in Afghanistan. Later in 2002 he was seconded to the Cabinet Office Assessments Staff as an Iraq analyst and followed this in April 2003 with a diplomatic posting as deputy head of the team that reopened the British mission in Baghdad after the Iraq war. After 7 months in Baghdad, he returned to FCO in 2004 working in the Iraq Policy Unit. In 2005 he entered a new field, joining the FCO’s Political/Military team as Deputy Head of Security Policy Group. In 2007, he was the UK Government’s first regional Arabic Spokesman, based in Dubai and travelling throughout the Arab world. He tweets @JonWilksFCO.

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