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Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell was the principal UK negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, and was instrumental in bringing about a lasting peace in that troubled province after centuries of conflict.

He played a key role in the formulation of the Blair government's foreign policy and political strategies. Before joining the office of Tony Blair, Jonathan was a British diplomat for sixteen years and played a central role in the negotiations with China on the return of Hong Kong, the CDE arms control negotiations in Stockholm, the CSCE human rights negotiations with the Soviet Union in Vienna, the 'two plus four' negotiations on German unification and the G7 summits from 1989-91. He was a political officer at the British Embassy in Washington in 1991, where he followed the Clinton presidential campaign and became close to President Clinton and his staff, whom he introduced to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Jonathan started his career as a journalist with the BBC and Granada TV, after studying at the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.