Peter Watkins

Associate Fellow, International Security Programme


Peter Watkins became an associate fellow for Chatham House in June 2019. Before that, from 2014 to 2018, he was Director General (DG) in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) responsible for strategic defence policy, including key multilateral and bilateral relationships (such as NATO), nuclear, cyber, space and prosperity (latterly this post was known as the DG Strategy and International).

Previously he served as DG of the Defence Academy, Director of Operational Policy, Director responsible for the UK share of the multinational Typhoon combat aircraft programme and as Defence Counsellor in the UK Embassy in Berlin.

He is a frequent participant in conferences on defence and security in the UK and overseas.

He was awarded the CB (2019) and CBE (2004) for services to defence. He has an MA from Cambridge University.

Past experience

2006-07 Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
1993-94 Senior course member, NATO Defense College