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Harston was born 20 October 1942 in Nairobi, Kenya, son of Colonel Clive Harston, King’s African Rifles, is an independent Consultant on International Peace and Security matters (www.harstonconsulting.rs).

One of the leading practitioners of peacekeeping, he retired as an Assistant Secretary-General in the United Nations. His last post was as the Representative of the Secretary-General in Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to this until March 2009 he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General heading MINURSO Western Sahara. He was for 25 years a member of the United Kingdom Diplomatic Service. He completed his secondary education at The King’s School, Canterbury, England. He then earned a Bachelor of Science in Politics from the University of London and a degree in African Politics from the University of Rhodesia. Harston has lectured all over the world to military and civilian audiences and has published several papers on peacekeeping and international diplomacy. He also takes part as a role player and mentor in NATO exercises (Netherlands, Latvia, Belgium) and in exercises in Sweden,the UK, Canada, and Uganda. He also lectures at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

Harston lives in Belgrade, Serbia. He is married with one son, and two step daughters. He is a member of the East India Club, and Special Forces Club in London, The Goodwood Flying Club, and the Gremio Literario in Lisbon. His interests include Switzerland, early English church music, and a 1952 series 1 Landrover.


  • 09/2013 – Invited to speak Swiss Parliamentary Defence Committee.
  • 12/2012 – Founder Member of the Advisory Panel to the Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK
  • 03/2012 – Director Milharbour (pvt) Jersey CI
  • 06/2010 – Advisory Board Member TransConflict Serbia (www.transconflict.com)
  • 11/2009 – Director, Harstonconsulting, Serbia (www.harstonconsulting.rs)
  • 11/2009 Professor, College of Security and Diplomacy, Belgrade.
  • 03/2009 Representative of the Secretary General, Belgrade
  • 03/2007 – 03/2009 Special Representative of the Secretary-General Head of Mission MINURSO, Western Sahara
  • 03/2007 Appointed Assistant Secretary-General
  • 04/2004 – 02/2007 Director, United Nations Office in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 10/2001 – 04/2004 Director, Asia and Middle East Division, DPKO United Nations Headquarters, New York
  • 04/2001 – 10/2001 Director, Post UNTAET Planning, U N Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
  • 1999 – 04/2001 Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General United Nations Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo
  • 1997 – 1999 Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti Head of Mission, Mission de Police des Nations Unies en Haiti
  • 1996 – 1997 Director of the United Nations Liaison Office, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1995 – 1996 Head of the Political Unit of the Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Peace Forces in the Former Yugoslavia. Later Head of Political and Civil Affairs for UNPF, Zagreb, Croatia. Career member of the United Kingdom Diplomatic Service
  • 1992 – 1995 Senior Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1989 – 1992 Crisis support liaison with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
  • 1984 – 1989 Counsellor, British High Commission, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1982 – 1984 Counsellor, British Embassy, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1971 – 1982 Postings in London and overseas (including Hanoi N. Vietnam & Blantyre Malawi)
  • 1969 – 1971 Television and radio broadcaster in Vancouver Canada


  • Sweden; World Power for Peace. Intenational Military Chaplains Conference Stockholm 2013
  • Risk Analysis and Intelligence Assessment in Peacekeeping: A Necessity. Norwegian Defence and Staff College 2012. Uganda Command and Staff College 2012 .
  • The Comprehensive Approach to Peace Support Operations. Canada, Norway, Sweden, UK 2012
  • Peacekeeping in 2013. United Kingdom Defence Academy, Uganda Command and Staff College.
  • Kosovo and Metohija: Living in the Enclaves. (Contributor) Institut des Etudes Balkaniques. Belgrade 2008.
  • Peacekeeping in 2012., Swedish Defence High School, Norwegian Defence Academy, UK Defence Academy, German/Netherlands Brigade.
  • Adapting the UN to the post-modern era – the case of Haiti. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • The United Nations as Government: Eastern Slavonia, Kosovo and East Timor. Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore and UNITAR, 2005.
  • What Makes a Peacekeeping Success Story? RUSI Australia, Global Security in the New Millennium, October 2003.
  • The Experience of East Timor, Japan Institute of International Affairs, July 2002.

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