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Marrack Irvine Irvine Goulding

diplomatist and international civil servant

Marrack Irvine Goulding was British diplomat. Decorated knight Commander Order St. Michael and St. George (England); knight Commander Order of King of Morocco. Member International Peace Academy, New York City, 1987-2000; board directors Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 1997—2007. Member Oxford and Cambridge Club (London).


Goulding, Marrack Irvine was born on September 2, 1936 in Plymouth, Devon, England. Son of Ernest Irvine and Gladys Ethel (Sennett) Goulding.


Bachelor with honors, Oxford University, England, 1959. Doctor of Science (honorary), Southampton University, England, 1997. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Plymouth University, 2003.


HM Diplomatic ServiceGoulding entered HM Diplomatic Service in 1959 and was, in 1961, posted to the British Embassy in Kuwait. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1964, where he worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1968, he was once more posted overseas, as the Head of Chancery of the British Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, and later of the Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Goulding spent the following few years in the UK, working first in the Foreign Office as Private Secretary to three Ministers of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – including Roy Hattersley and Julian Amery, Baron Amery of Lustleigh – and then in the Cabinet Office. He was posted to the British Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1977, and to the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York City in 1979. In 1983, he was appointed Ambassador for the United Kingdom to Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe, and served in this capacity until 1985.

United NationsOn 1 January 1986, Goulding became Under-Secretary-General (USG) of the United Nations for Special Political Affairs, serving under Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. From then until March 1993, he headed peacekeeping operations for the UN, and presided over the creation of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in 1992, during the term of Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. According to Simon Chesterman of the New York University School of Law, the period of Goulding's service as head of UN peacekeeping – which saw the initiation of sixteen new missions – "may come to be regarded as its heyday".

In March 1993, Goulding became USG for Political Affairs. During his tenure at the UN, which ended in July 1997 during the first term of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he was "effectively the second most powerful man in the UN". St Antony's College, OxfordGoulding became Warden of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford on 1 October 1997, having been appointed in November of the previous year.

He held this position until his retirement on 30 September 2006. Goulding was one of 52 former British diplomats who, in 2004, signed a letter criticising British policy in the Middle East. While the government discounted the criticisms raised in the letter, Goulding suggested that the opinions expressed therein were also held by current employees of the Foreign Office.


  • Peacemonger

    (Marrack Goulding joined the United Nations as the Under-S...)

  • Author: Peacemonger, 2002, second edition, 2003.


He had also, on a separate occasion, called for the withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq and the transfer of authority over security operations to a UN-sanctioned multinational force from Arab and Muslim countries.


Member International Peace Academy, New York City, 1987-2000. Board directors Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 1997—2007. Member Oxford and Cambridge Club (London).


  • Other Interests

    International relations, particularly United Nations's role in the maintenance of international peace and security. Ornithology, travel.


Married Susan Rhoda D'Albiac, February 11, 1961 (divorced 1996). Children: Rachel Mary, James Marrack, Henry John. Married Catherine Pawlow, December 14, 1996 (divorced 2004).

Ernest Irvine Goulding

Gladys Ethel (Sennett) Goulding

Susan Rhoda D'Albiac

Catherine Pawlow

Rachel Mary Goulding

James Marrack Goulding

Henry John Goulding