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Christopher Meyer

London, UK
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British Ambassador to the US during 9/11 and the run-up to the invasion of Iraq (1997-2003)

Press Secretary to Prime Minister John Major (1994-1996)

Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission (2003-2009)

Sir Christopher Meyer is one of the UK’s best-known and most candid ex-diplomats. He remains an active and opinionated commentator on world affairs, the trans-Atlantic relationship and Britain’s foreign policy.

He served as British Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003, during the Clinton and Bush administrations, making him the longest-serving British Ambassador to the USA since the Second World War. His period in office covered 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq War.

In 2005 he published ‘DC Confidential’, his controversial memoirs about his life at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue. In 2009, Christopher published ‘Getting Our Way: Five Hundred Years Of International Diplomacy’, which argued that the national interest should return to the heart of Britain’s foreign policy.  Christopher has also been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Centre for International Affairs (1988-1989), press secretary to Prime Minister John Major (1994–1996), and British Ambassador to Germany. He chaired the Press Complaints Commission from 2003 to 2009.

Our Comment

"A thoughtful student of international affairs, and an expert on the practice of diplomacy, particularly from Whitehall, Christopher has many valuable insights to share. He also has a talent for getting the right mix of gravitas and humour. "

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