Edwina Moreton was Diplomatic Editor and Deputy Foreign Editor of The Economist Newspaper until 2010, having worked at the paper since 1980. During that time she wrote widely on foreign policy and security issues. She currently serves on (having previously chaired) the Trustee Board of VERTIC, an NGO working in treaty verification, and is an Associate Fellow of the International Security Department at Chatham House.
Other ongoing activities include serving on the European Advisory Board of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the Advisory Council of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life at Christ Church, Oxford, and the Programme Committee of the Ditchley Conferences. She has previously served on the Councils of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Wilton Park, and was a member of the Advisory Group for the FCO/DfID Know-How Fund for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
She was educated at Bradford University (BA, German and Russian), Strathclyde University (MSc, Political Science) and Glasgow University (PhD, Soviet and East European Studies). She was a Harkness Fellow 1976-78, spending the two years as post-doctoral fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies. On returning to the UK, in 1978 she was appointed Lecturer in Soviet Politics and Comparative Communist Government at the University of Wales, Aberystwth, before joining The Economist.
She holds an Honorary Doctorate of the University from the University of Birmingham. In 2000 she was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth.