Robert Cooper worked 10 years for the European Union High Representative, Javier Solana and later Catherine Ashton. He was involved inter alia in negotiations on Iran and Balkan issues. From 2012 he served a further year as a Special Adviser on Burma/Myanmar. He was educated in Kenya and at Oxford and served in HM Diplomatic Service from 1970 to 2002. His posts included Tokyo, Brussels, and Bonn, Head of the Policy Planning Staff and Director, Asia. He has published a number of essays and articles. A collection, “The Breaking of Nations”, (Atlantic Press, 2003) won the Orwell Prize for political writing.