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Julian Harston (born 20 October 1942 in Nairobi, Kenya), son of Colonel Clive Harston, King's African Rifles, is an independent consultant on International Peace and Security matters. He retired as an Assistant Secretary-General in the United Nations. His last post was as the Representative of the Secretary-General in Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to this until March 2009 he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General heading MINURSO Western Sahara.[1]

He was for 25 years a member of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service. He completed his secondary education at The King's School, Canterbury, England. He then earned a Bachelor of Science in Politics from the University of London and a degree in African Politics from the University of Rhodesia (University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland).

Harston lectures all over the world to distinguished military and civilian audiences, and takes a leading role in War Games and Exercises for NATO, Pinnacle/Pyramid in Riga and for the UK, most recently Joint Venture 2018 in Cyprus, German, Serbian, Swedish, Canadian and Ugandan armed forces. He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the United Kingdom Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he mentors the Higher Command and Staff Course, and lectures at Cranfield University. In January 2012 Harston delivered a Strategic Review for the UN Security Council on UNIFIL, the peacekeeping operation in Lebanon. Harston lectures at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish Institute of Diplomacy and at the NATO School in Oberammergau, and at the University of Belgrade and the Foreign Ministry Diplomatic School, and at Singidunum University. He also writes for Politika, Serbia's leading newspaper, and Nin, weekly. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Belgrade.

In August 2013 he was asked to make a presentation to the government committee reviewing Swiss Security Policy in Bern Switzerland.He publishes papers on peacekeeping and international diplomacy.

Harston is a member of the East India Club and the Special Forces Club.

He is married with one son, and two step daughters and five grandchildren. His other interests include Early English Church music and a 1952 Series One Landrover.

1952 landrover on rally in Swiss mountains 2013




Joined United Nations

  • 1995–1996 Head of the Political Unit of the Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Peace Forces (UNPROFOR)in the Former Yugoslavia. Later Head of Political and Civil Affairs for UN Peace Forces Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 1996–1997 Director of the United Nations Liaison Office, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1997–1999 Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti Head of Mission, Mission de Police des Nations Unies en Haiti,
  • 1999 – April 2001 Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General United Nations Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo
  • April–October 2001 Director, Post UNTAET Planning, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
  • October 2001 – April 2004 Director, Asia and Middle East Division, DPKO United Nations Headquarters, New York
  • April 2004 – February 2007 Director, UN Office in Belgrade, Serbia
  • March 2007 Appointed Assistant Secretary-General
  • March 2007 – March 2009 Special Representative of the Secretary-General Head of Mission, MINURSO, Western Sahara[1]
  • March–November 2009 Representative of the Secretary-General Director, United Nations Office, Belgrade
  • November 2009 – Director,, Serbia. Professor, College of Security and Diplomacy, Belgrade
  • June 2010 - Advisory Board Member Trans Conflict Serbia
  • March 2012 - Director Milharbour (pvt) Jersey CI
  • 12 December 2012 - Founder Member of the Advisory Panel to the Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK


  1. ^ a b "Secretary-General Appoints Julian Harston of United Kingdom Special Representative for Western Sahara". United Nations. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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