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Patrick Davies
Patrick Davies took up his post as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington and UK Permanent Observer at the Organization of American States in September 2013. A career diplomat, Patrick has worked in various environments around the world, often in times of crisis or transition. He has played a pivotal role in British policy-making around the Arab Spring, Iran and its nuclear programme and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In recognition of his outstanding record of service, in 2012 Her Majesty The Queen awarded him the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Patrick joined the Foreign Office in 1993, initially serving as a policy officer covering Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. His first overseas posting was to the British Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he provided the British government with analysis and reporting on that country’s political situation and its struggles against drug trafficking and violent Islamism. He was the FCO lead on the long-running conflict in Western Sahara and worked closely with his American counterparts in an effort to resolve the situation.

From 2000-2003, he served as Private Secretary to two successive Foreign Secretaries, Robin Cook and Jack Straw. During a tumultuous period that included the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent start of hostilities in Afghanistan, his portfolio covered counter-terrorism and Afghanistan policy. He also provided support and advice about counter-proliferation, the UN, NATO, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Balkans, human rights, drugs and crime and consular and visa issues.

In 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Patrick was appointed as the Head of the Political-Military Section of the Foreign Office’s Iraq Emergency Unit. In this capacity he served as the chief liaison between the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence on all aspects of the military campaign.

Following the end of initial hostilities in Iraq, in 2004 Patrick became Deputy Head of Mission in Warsaw, arriving the same year Poland joined the European Union. During this important transition period, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Embassy and the UK’s public diplomacy efforts in Poland. He also oversaw the construction of a new Embassy and the process of moving into the new building.

In 2009, he became Deputy Head of Mission in Tehran, serving at a time of heightened tension surrounding the June 2009 Iranian presidential elections. He was the Embassy’s lead crisis manager and contingency planner in the aftermath of those elections, when the regime was accusing the UK of conspiring with the opposition Green Movement and seeking to disrupt Embassy activities. He was also responsible for developing UK policy on Iran’s nuclear programme and human rights.

Following his posting in Iran, Patrick returned to London to serve from 2010 as Head of the Foreign Office’s Near East and North Africa Department, where he was responsible for crisis planning and response during the Arab Spring, and for the UK’s policy on the conflict in Syria and the Middle East Peace Process. He also led on coordination between the FCO and other government departments, especially the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and Department for International Development. He worked closely with his American counterparts at the State Department, NSC, US Treasury and other departments.

Born in 1968, Patrick graduated from the University of Bath in 1991 with a First Class BSc in Business Administration. He speaks French and Polish, and in his spare time enjoys tennis, singing, hiking, camping and skiing.

Entries by Patrick Davies

Standing United With the U.S. on Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Today, we celebrate Women's Equality Day, marking the 95th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted American women the hard-won right to vote.

On this day in 1920, British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was cheering from the other side of the Atlantic. An early mentor to American suffragists, Pankhurst's efforts led...

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How to End Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:04 PM

"I came in the following morning and she was covered in blood. She wasn't breathing. I put her in a bag and left her next to her brother. She was a beautiful little girl."

Those were the stark words of a British nurse, Will Pooley, who volunteered to travel to...

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Torch of Friendship

(8) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Washington, D.C. Late August, after sunset. A brigade of foreign troops marches unhindered down Pennsylvania Avenue, leaving the U.S. Capitol in flames at their backs. When they reach the White House, the soldiers break in to find a lavish banquet laid out on the dining table. As they devour the...

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Businesses From Across America Are Investing in Britain

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:15 AM

As we at the Embassy are very fond of repeating, Britain and the USA do a huge amount of business together. Perhaps that's what you would expect from two of the largest, most advanced and most open economies in the world. But you needn't take my word for it: The...

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Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 3:35 PM

This summer thousands of American and British girls risk being taken abroad, not for a family vacation, but to be cut. In a terrible rite of passage they will have their genitalia partially or totally removed, leading to a lifetime of physical and mental damage.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)...

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Equal Marriage Comes to Britain

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Confetti and Champagne were much in evidence over the weekend, as hundreds rushed to be among the first same-sex couples in England and Wales to get married (Scottish couples will be able to do the same from around early 2015). As with all weddings, the ceremonies ranged from the low-key...

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Threatens Global Security

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Almost five hundred years ago, in 1515, the German artist Albrecht Dürer made a woodcut of a rhinoceros that has become famous throughout the world. The exotic image delighted Europe in its own day. Centuries later, it was still being published in biology textbooks.


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Why Human Rights Matter

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 8:51 AM

I know from firsthand experience how important human rights are, having served in countries where there was little respect for these liberties. That is why, today, the day the world celebrates International Human Rights Day, holds special significance for me. This year's recognition is particularly poignant, coinciding with the memorial...

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A UK Perspective: World Day Against the Death Penalty

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 9:07 AM

The UK and the U.S. have been the closest friends and allies for a long time. But that doesn't mean we always agree. Indeed, the hallmark of a true friendship is the ability to be candid with one another on points of disagreement. Today, the eleventh World Day...

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Bastille Storm the British Embassy

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:27 PM

We did something unusual at the Embassy on Saturday: we hosted a rock concert. Bastille, one of Britain's hottest new bands, dropped by during their U.S. tour and played a short acoustic set in front of an audience of Embassy staffers and DC101 competition winners (see the slideshow)....

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Facts Are Facts: We Must Act on Climate Change

(11) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:12 PM

"Sceptic (skep•tic) noun
1. A person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions."
-Oxford English Dictionary

In diplomacy we ask a lot of questions. We aren't doing our jobs if we don't challenge accepted conventions and look for new solutions to apparently intractable problems. But there...

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Like Landmines and Cluster Bombs, Rape Is a Weapon of War and Must Be Outlawed

(24) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 8:59 AM

During my time as Head of the Near East and North Africa Department in the Foreign Office, I watched in hope as thousands of Syrians -- men and women -- took to the streets to demand that their human rights be respected and voices be heard.

Their aspirations are...

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Coming to America

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Yesterday was my first day as Britain's Deputy Ambassador to the United States. It's a real privilege to be starting my new role. Partly that's because it's simply a terrific job. I'm in charge of making sure that the Embassy and the UK's ten other posts in the U.S. work...

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