Craig Oliphant OBE

Senior Adviser at the Foreign Policy Centre

Craig is a Senior Adviser at the Foreign Policy Centre, in London. He also works in the non-governmental sector, at the NGO PCI, where he focuses on protracted conflicts and regional security issues. Until 2011 his career was in the British diplomatic service and he was Head of Eastern Research Group at the FCO dealing with Russia and Eastern Europe. Other posts were held at NATO and the OSCE (in the 1990s), in Brussels and The Hague, respectively. In the latter post, he was Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, from 1996-99. Until recently, Craig was also Vice-President of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee (FCNM), working on national minorities in Europe (2014-18).
In the 1980s he worked at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, and then at the Soviet Studies Research Centre at RMA Sandhurst. Craig is a Trustee and Board Member of the John Smith Trust. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, he is a member of IISS; RUSI, Chatham House; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011.