Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Richard Dalton
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Sir Richard is an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa programme and a consultant and commentator on Middle East issues. He was a British career diplomat from 1970 to 2006.

Between 1991 and 1992 he was a research fellow at Chatham House and published a study on security architecture for the Persian Gulf region. He was consul general in Jerusalem from 1993 to1997.

In 1999 he re-established UK diplomatic relations with Libya, paving the way for the 2003 breakthrough on Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).

From 2002 to 2006, as ambassador to Iran, he played a role in European negotiations with Iran, including on prevention of an Iranian military nuclear capability.

From 2006 to 2010 he worked with the Libyan British Business Council as director-general. In 2008 he co-wrote the Chatham House Middle East programme report, Iran: Breaking the Nuclear Deadlock. He chairs Chatham House’s round table on Libya.


  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Persian Gulf
  • Middle East Peace Process
  • British Diplomacy in the Middle East


2008 - dateAssociate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
2006 - dateDirector General, Libyan British Business Council
2002 - 2006British Ambassador to Iran
1999 - 2002British Ambassador to Libya
1998 - 1999Director of Personnel, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1993 - 1997British Consul-General, Jerusalem
1970 - 2006HM Diplomatic Service

Broadcast experience

Extensive (UK and international)


  • Arabic and French (broadcast standard)