Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Tom Phillips
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Sir Tom has been an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa programme since 2013. He was previously a career British diplomat, with his final two postings as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2010-2012) and Israel (2006-2010). Prior to this his experience included Afghanistan, South Asia and the Balkans, as well as postings in Africa and the US. His publications include several articles on the Middle East and a novel on post-colonial Africa. He is also Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies and a member of the Wilton Park Advisory Council.


  • Middle East Peace Process
  • Gulf and Regional Security Issues
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Israel
  • UK Policy towards the Middle East


2014 -Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies
2013-14International Adviser, Prince's Charities' International Sustainability Unit
2013-14Senior Adviser, GPW Ltd
2012 -Member, Wilton Park Advisory Council
2010-2012British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
2006-10British Ambassador to Israel
1983-2006Previous FCO career
1977-1983Department of Health and Social Security


  • French
  • There May Never Be Peace: An Ambassador's View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Prospect, July 2012
  • The Four Poles of the Middle East, The Tablet, June 2012