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Major General (Retd) Adrian Foster


former Deputy Military Adviser, UN DPKO, Executive-in-Residence at the GCSP

Adrian Foster retired from the British Army on 5 Jan 18 with just under forty years military service. His specializations are peace support operations and Human Resources (where in the past he has been the British Army’s Director of Personnel Strategic Planning). He has had a number of multi-national operational assignments including four years as Acting Force Commander/Deputy Force Commander of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq and Force Chief of Staff of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone. He also commanded his regiment (26 Regiment Royal Artillery) on operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of SFOR. He has been a consultant to the UN field mission in Liberia on transition planning and has assisted the UN in formulating its Capstone peacekeeping doctrine. Earlier in his career, he was the Military Assistant to the UK’s Minister of the Armed Forces and also helped establish the DPKO Crisis Centre in New York as its Deputy Chief.

Adrian Foster has just completed four years in the UN Headquarters New York as Deputy Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. In this appointment, he had functional responsibility for overseeing the operations of UN military components in sixteen peacekeeping missions around the world. He has also just finished a Masters on Security Sector Management with Cranfield University in the UK, and is currently on a fellows programme with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.