Mark Etherington

From Powerbase
Jump to: navigation, search

Mark Etherington is a former British Army paratrooper. He had just completed an M.Phil. in international relations at Cambridge University in 2003 when the British Foreign Office asked him to assume the governorship of Wasit Province in southern Iraq on behalf of the Coalition Provisional Authority or CPA [1] where he became governor of the Shiite-majority Wasit Province in Iraq. Six months later, Etherington, isolated from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, was forced to flee his headquarters in al-Kut, the province's capital.[2]

Etherington was brought up in Kuwait and Qatar and educated at York and Cambridge Universities and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served six years in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment, including two tours of Northern Ireland. He was seconded to the European Community’s Monitor Mission in former Yugoslavia during the 1992–1995 war and has subsequently worked in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was appointed CBE in December 2004. [3]

Etherington's CBE was awarded on 4 December 2004 as part of the "Iraq Honours List".[4]

Etherington is a Signatory of the statement of principles at the Henry Jackson Society [5]


  1. Cornell University Press note on 'Revolt on the Tigris' accessed 9th September 2007
  2. NPR report Iraq Inside Out: 'Revolt on the Tigris' accessed 9th September 2007
  3. Cornell University Press note on 'Revolt on the Tigris' accessed 9th September 2007
  4. The London Gazette of Friday 3 December 2004 Supplement No. 1, p.1.
  5. Henry Jackson Society Signatories accessed 9 Sep 2007