Peter Jenkins

Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the IAEA

peter-jenkins Career Overview Following a distinguished 33-year diplomatic career Peter Jenkins now leads ADRg Ambassadors in the development of its relations with the UN and other important international organisations including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He is a consultant and frequent public commentator on economic issues, especially trade liberalisation and energy security, and on nuclear issues, especially non-proliferation and disarmament, and is also an accredited Mediator. During his time with the British Diplomatic Service, Peter Jenkins was posted twice to Vienna, and to Washington, Paris, Brazil and Geneva. His last posting was as British Permanent Representative to the IAEA and United Nations in Vienna. In that capacity he contributed to IAEA policy on a number of nuclear non-proliferation issues, and attended the 2005 NPT Review Conference, as well as its preparatory conferences in 2002 and 2003. He was also President of the 2007 IAEA Conference on Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear Materials, and a vice-chairman of the UN Ad Hoc Committee for the negotiation of a UN Convention on Corruption. In Washington he was Private Secretary to two Ambassadors; in Paris he promoted Franco-British economic and energy ties, and dealt with issues arising from the creation of a European single market; in Brazil he contributed to a strengthening of UK/Brazilian economic and political relations; in Geneva he was the UK's chief resident representative to the World Trade Organisation; and in Vienna his primary focus was on the nuclear aspects of international peace and security, especially the Iranian nuclear issue. He also acquired regional (South America, and South West Asia) and country (France and Iran) expertise, and human resource management experience. Since leaving the Diplomatic Service he has been senior adviser to the Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and Special Representative for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership. He is currently a non-executive director of a company that promotes clean energy solutions. He is an accredited Mediator through ADR Group, a sister company to ADRg Ambassadors. Recent Career History
  • Senior Adviser to the Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (global public research body), Laxenburg, Austria, and Special representative for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Vienna (2006-09)
  • British Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations in Vienna (2001-06)
  • Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva (1996-2001)
Professional Qualifications
  • Institute of Linguists - extensive level French, Portuguese and German
  • Qualified Mediator (ADR Group)

corporate diplomacy, diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Global/EU trade rules; energy; international nuclear issues; South and North America; France; Iran; North Korea; international negotiation; alternative dispute resolution, government relations, mediation

Last modified: December 11, 2017

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17 July 2015 Gateway House

Iran sanctions: journey’s end

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6 April 2015 Gateway House

The end of the Iran nuclear journey?

With the EU, Iran, and other entities taking decisive steps on April 2 to ensure a non-nuclear Iran, President Obama must now counter interests in the U.S. that want to stymie the final agreement. But having come this far, and considering the comprehensive benefits of an agreement, all sides are sure to deliver
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10 July 2014 Gateway House

Will Iran come in from the Cold?

Talks are on in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 to reach a settlement on Iran’s nuclear programme. The self-imposed deadline expires on July 20. However, with the U.S. insisting that Iran cut back on operational centrifuges any possibility of a comprehensive solution in the near future seems remote
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26 November 2013 Gateway House

Iran-P5+1 interim accord: An assessment

On November 24, the P5+1 and Iran reached a consensus on the interim agreement regarding Tehran’s long-disputed nuclear program. How comprehensive is this agreement, and what are its potential upshots for U.S., and West Asia – especially Israel and Saudi Arabia? More importantly, can India play a positive role?
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30 September 2013 Gateway House

U.S.-Iran: Another victory for diplomacy?

In recent days, both the U.S. and Iran have intimated that they seek a broad improvement in relations, signalling a welcome thaw in bilateral ties. What does this mean for Tehran and Washington, and more importantly, how will this development play out in the West Asian region?
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17 April 2013 Gateway House

Will the Iranian nuclear dispute end?

Earlier in April, representatives of the U.S., EU, China and Russia held discussions in Kazakhstan to break the deadlock over Iran’s nuclear program, but with little result. What are the complexities of the Iranian nuclear dispute, and what are the chances of progress in the negotiations?
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8 June 2012 Gateway House

All to play for in Moscow

Ahead of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow, the West seems confident that sanctions will induce Iran to settle on its uranium enrichment. But rather than arriving at a negotiated settlement by applying the principle of reciprocity, the West may look to anaesthetize oil markets.