Carne Ross is a former British diplomat, author, and the founder of Independent Diplomat. He has over 15 years of diplomatic experience in the British Foreign Office and United Nations, working on a wide range of issues and regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the global environment, terrorism, and post-conflict reconstruction. He is experienced in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and familiar with major international institutions, in particular the United Nations.
Between 1997 and 1998, he served as the speechwriter to the British Foreign Secretary, preparing speeches on all areas of British foreign policy. He then spent four and a half years in the UK delegation on the UN Security Council, where he was the delegation's Middle East expert (with the rank of First Secretary). His work includes drafting and negotiating Security Council resolution 1284, which rewrote the Council's Iraq policy and established UNMOVIC, the weapons inspection body. Ross resigned from the British Foreign Office in 2004, after giving then-secret evidence to an official inquiry into the use of intelligence on WMD in advance of the 2003 Iraq War. He has also subsequently testified to the Chilcot inquiry investigating the lead-up to and conduct of that war.
Carne Ross is a trained negotiator and economist. He is also a playwright (“The Fox” enjoyed a short run in New York in early 2001) and author. His latest book, The Leaderless Revolution, was published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster (UK) and Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin (US). His first book Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite was published in 2007 by Hurst & Co. (UK) and Cornell University Press (US).