Iain King CBE FRSA is a visiting fellow in the Europe Program. From 2016 to 2019, he served as defense counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., where he oversaw defense policy and nuclear cooperation between the United Kingdom and the United States. Previously, Iain led the UK’s portfolio of research on conflict, ran UK efforts to learn lessons from foreign engagements, and was director of programmes at the UK’s main overseas democracy support foundation. He has pioneered localized stabilization drives in Helmand, Afghanistan; coordinated international civilian work in Benghazi, Libya during the 2011 war; and was the UN Administration in Kosovo’s head of planning soon after NATO’s military intervention.
For his work overseas, he was made a commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013. Iain also spent seven years in the 1990s working on the Northern Ireland peace process. He has written five books on topics such as international intervention, post-war reconstruction, and ethics, including two fiction books rooted in military history for which he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2015. Iain holds an M.A. from Oxford University in politics, philosophy and economics and became a research fellow at Cambridge University in 2004.