Andrew Smith Serrano (Edinburgh 1961) went to school in Spain and England A levels 1978. RLI, Harare, Zimbabwe 1978-79. B.A. in International Relations (Keele, UK 1982) M.A. in War Studies, Kings College (London 1983), M.Phil Government Russian Studies ,( St. Anthony , Oxford 1984 ) PhD. International Relations Thesis title » The Origins of SALT», (LSE, London 1986) Visiting Fellow on Leningrad Polytechnic, Moscow State University Lomonosov, Von Humboldt Institute, Berlin and Georgetown University Washington DC. (1984-89).
Royal Navy, Faslane & Dartmouth UK (1989-1991)
Defence Analyst (RED, Politica Exterior, El Pais, ABC, El Sol, CERI etc.) based in Madrid, Spain 1991-1994.
A 28 year career with the United Nations based in Geneva and New York HQs serving in missions in Tajikistan (UNMOT 1994-97) , Afghanistan (UNSMA 1999-2001 & UNAMA 2003-2004), Iraq (UNAMI 2004-2006 & 2016-2021), Sudan & South Sudan (UNMIS 2008-2009 & 2011) Liberia (UNMIL 2009-2010) Ivory Coast (UNOCI 2010-2011)
Also served as Head of Office in Iran (2006-2007) and Pakistan (1997-99).
Author of five books and several hundred articles on international affairs and defence issues since 1983 in dailies and periodicals in Spain, UK, Germany, France, US, Canada and Switzerland.
Currently married with three children and three grandchildren.