David Whineray

Nonresident Fellow
Europe Program
David Whineray is a nonresident fellow in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.
Education

MSc (awarded with distinction), London School of Economics
BA (with Honors), University of Durham

David Whineray is a nonresident fellow in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.  He is also a visiting scholar at Berkeley and visiting assistant professor of global affairs at New York University (NYU). Whineray’s areas of focus include transatlantic relations, U.S. politics and U.S. foreign policy, UK foreign policy, Brexit, the EU/Europe, Asia-Pacific, international organizations, multilateralism, negotiations, the G7, and UN.

Whineray has 20 years of senior diplomatic and government experience in Washington, New York, London, and Brussels, including in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), 10 Downing Street, the EU External Action Service, the European Parliament, and the UK Department of the Interior.  

Whineray’s last government role was deputy under secretary of state for political affairs in the FCO, where he was involved in all major foreign policy issues (including Iran, DPRK, Yemen, China, Russia, Burma, and Syria) and advised the UK Foreign Secretary on UK relations with Western allies (including the United States, the EU, France, and Germany) and on UK multilateral negotiations, including the G7 and EU. Whineray negotiated G7 Foreign Minister communiques, EU Foreign Minister statements, UN Security Council Resolutions, and accompanied the UK Foreign Secretary to international meetings.

Prior to this, Whineray served as FCO deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe, where he led the foreign/security policy aspects of the Brexit negotiations, and FCO deputy assistant secretary of state for Asia-Pacific, where he was responsible for South East Asia, including Burma and the South China Sea, as well as security issues across the entire Asia-Pacific region. Whineray was also UK Sherpa to the 2015 ASEM Summit of Asian and European Heads of Government.

Whineray’s other FCO positions include deputy head of the FCO’s Europe Department (responsible for CFSP and UK relations with France, Germany, and Italy), first secretary (political) at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York (representing the UK in UN Security Council negotiations and UN Sanctions Committees), FCO deputy director for human resources, chief of staff to the UK deputy foreign minister responsible for Russia, East Asia, Afghanistan, and the Americas, and an FCO spokesperson and press secretary.

In addition, David has also served as counselor and head of political affairs at the European Union Delegation to the United States in Washington, DC (overseeing U.S. domestic politics, U.S. foreign policy, and transatlantic relations); in 10 Downing Street (under Prime Minister Tony Blair) as an advisor on Europe; in the European Parliament in Brussels; on a U.S. election campaign; and on international crime in the UK Department of the Interior.

Whineray has an MSc (awarded with distinction) in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Durham.

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