John Casson

Associate Fellow, Europe Programme


John Casson, CMG contributes to work on British power and foreign policy in the Brexit context, and on UK diplomacy and diplomatic leadership and formation.

He also contributes insights on middle east policy and multilateral diplomacy, drawing on his experience as British Ambassador in Cairo 2014-2018 and as the prime minister’s foreign policy lead in 10 Downing Street 2010-2014.

He spent 20 years as a civil servant in FCO, HMT and Downing Street.

Past experience

2014-18British Ambassador to Cairo
2010-14Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office
1998-2018HM Diplomatic Service
1996-98Researcher, University of Cambridge (religion and politics in Africa)
1993-94Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology, University of Cambridge
1990-93BA in History, University of Cambridge