Mark Newton

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

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Mark Newton is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He has worked for over fifteen years as a leading government official for the UK Government in international defence and security policy. 

Prior to assuming his current position Mr Newton was the Deputy Director for Military Operations Policy for the UK Ministry of Defence. Mr Newton was responsible for policy for British military operations in the UK,  including the defence role in counter terrorism, and overseas, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa, principally Somalia and South Sudan. 

Previously, Mark was the UK Government’s Regional Conflict Advisor for Sub Saharan Africa in Addis Ababa, and from 2015 to 2016 he served as Senior Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, providing policy advice to the Somali Federal Government on peacebuilding and state-building in the areas of governance, security sector reform and the rule of law.

Mark’s earlier experience included serving as the Chief of Staff to the MOD Permanent Secretary from 2009 to 2012. From 2006 to 2009 Mark was the First Secretary for Defence Policy and Relations at the British Embassy in Washington DC.

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