The St George’s House 2018 Annual Lecture was given on Thursday 14th June by Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG on:
Britain and America: The Lessons of History
Sir Christopher Meyer spent almost forty years in the British Diplomatic Service. His career culminated as Ambassador to the United States during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies between 1997 and 2003.
His five-and-a-half years in Washington, which made him the longest-serving ambassador to the USA since the Second World War, coincided with 9/11, the wars in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, and the preparation for war in Iraq.
Before then he was Ambassador to Germany and had postings to the former Soviet Union, Spain and the European Union in Brussels. He was also Press Secretary to Prime Minister Sir John Major, Press Secretary to Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey, later Lord, Howe, and speech writer to three Foreign Secretaries, James Callaghan, Anthony Crosland and David Owen.
Sir Christopher was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1998.
After his retirement from the Diplomatic Service in 2003, Sir Christopher chaired the Press Complaints Commission for six years until March 2009.
Sir Christopher is now a regular television, radio and newspaper commentator on international affairs and the media.
Listen or download the transcript from the 2018 Annual Lecture here.