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Sir Christopher Meyer

Former British Ambassador to the United States

Sir Christopher Meyer is one of Britain's most respected diplomats. He crowned a 40-year career by becoming the longest-serving British Ambassador to the U.S. since World War 2. He was at the heart of British-American relations during the Clinton and Bush presidencies, witnessing 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and the run-up to the war in Iraq. He described his time in Washington in his controversial best-selling memoir, 'DC Confidential'. He is Chairman of the Pagefield Advisory Board and a Non-Executive Director of the Arbuthnot Banking Group.

"Sir Christopher is an expert in Media Relations"

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In detail

Prior to Washington, he was Ambassador in Germany, Press Secretary to Prime Minister John Major and Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe, speech writer to three Labour Foreign Secretaries and, among other postings, spent 5 years in the British Embassy in Moscow. After retiring from the Diplomatic Service in 2003, he was for 6 years Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, coinciding with the start of the phone-hacking scandal. Since then he has become a prolific radio and television commentator on international affairs and the media. He has presented several documentaries, his latest being the 6-part series Networks of Power on Sky Atlantic.

What he offers you

Sir Christopher speaks with authority on all aspects of world affairs, lacing his remarks with anecdote and an engaging sense of humour. He likes to relate diplomacy, negotiation and developments on the international scene to the world of business and corporate risk.

How he presents

Sir Christopher is a charismatic speaker, whose speciality is the after-dinner speech in which a rich vein of humour conveys a serious message.

Languages

He presents in English.

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Topics

  • The 7 Rules of Successful Negotiation
  • The Special Relationship Between Britain and America
  • Is America Going Isolationist?
  • What's Putin Up To?
  • Should We Fear China?
  • How to Navigate the Corridors of Power
  • Can Diplomats Justify their Existence?
  • Britain's Role in a Dangerous World

Publications

  • 2013
    Only Child (Amazon Kindle Single: a personal memoir, describing Sir Christopher's journey to a remote Greek island to meet witnesses to the shooting-down of his father in 1944 just before his birth).
  • 2009
    Getting Our Way (a 500-year history of British diplomacy accompanying a BBC TV series of the same name).
  • 2005
    DC Confidential (a memoir of his time in Washington as Ambassador and of earlier episodes in his career)

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