Alyson Judith Kirtley Bailes was born on April 6, 1949, and died on April 29, 2016.
She was an English diplomat, political scientist, academic, and polyglot.
Alyson graduated from Somerville College, Oxford, in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours) in Modern History and a Master of Arts in 1971.
During 1969, She joined the London Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Desk Officer for the Western European Department and in 1970 received her first international posting as a Desk Officer at the British Embassy in Budapest.
Bailes served as Second Secretary in the UK Delegation to NATO, from 1974-76.
Alyson worked in London in the European Community Department (Internal) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in 1976.
Bailes spoke and read French, Hungarian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish at what she herself described as “an operational level”.
Alyson also had reading knowledge of Danish, Icelandic, Faroese and Dutch.
Since 1990, she published many articles in international journals, and some book chapters, on subjects principally of European defence, regional security cooperation, and arms control.
Bailes’s main leisure interests were music, travel, and nature study, and she was a keen member of the Dorothy Dunnett Society, for which she wrote articles and a travel guide to Iceland (ISBN 978-0-9570046-2-7).
Alyson Bailes was a member of the Advisory Council of Independent Diplomat and a fellow of the Scottish Global Forum think tank.
And, also she was a visiting professor to the College of Europe, teaching a course in New Security Challenges and Security Governance.
Alyson Bailes passed away at 67 yrs old.