The panel features Sir Christopher Meyer and James P. Rubin. This program was part of the United States Discussion Group series at the Chatham House.
Professor Michael Cox
Michael Cox is a British academic and international relations scholar. He is currently a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is Co-Director of the Cold War Studies Centre (CWSC).
Professor Michael Cox has lectured at Queen's University, Belfast (1972-1995), California State University at San Diego (1986), The College of William and Mary in Virginia (1987-1989), the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth (1995-2001), The Catholic University of Milan (2003 and 2004) and the University of Melbourne (2004). In 2003 and 2004 he was a visiting professor at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia. He was appointed to a Chair at LSE in 2003.
Professor Cox is the author, editor and co-editor of several books including Superpowers at the Crossroads (1990); US Foreign Policy after the Cold War: superpower without a mission (1995); The Ideas of Leon Trotsky (1995); Rethinking the Soviet Collapse (1998); The Eighty Years Crisis: international relations, 1919-1999 (1998); The Interregnum: controversies in world politics, 1989-1999 (1999); American Democracy Promotion (2000); EH Carr: a critical appraisal (2000); A Farewell to Arms: from long war to long peace in Northern Ireland (2000); EH Carr: The Twenty Years' Crisis: introduction to the study of international relations (2001) (ed); Empires, Systems and States: great transformations in international politics (2002); and How Might We Live? global ethics for a new century (2002).
Sir Christopher Meyer
Sir Christopher Meyer spent more than five years in Washington DC, as British Ambassador to the USA, the UK's top diplomatic appointment. This completes 36 years of distinguished public service, during much of which he was at the heart of British foreign policy and UK-US relations. He is now retiring from the British diplomatic service to become Chairman of the UK Press Complaints Commission.
During his time as Ambassador in Washington from 1997 to 2003 - the longest period for a British Ambassador since before the 2nd World War - Sir Christopher was deeply involved in a number of critical situations: the war over Kosovo, the Northern Ireland peace process, the war against international terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and the looming crisis with Saddam Hussein. He was closely involved in the building of a new relationship with Putin's Russia and in the Middle East peace process. His remit also covered international trade and translantic economic relations.
Sir Christopher is credited with having played a key role in introducing Prime Minister Tony Blair to President George W Bush, as a result of which relations between Britain and the United States have rarely been closer.
James P. Rubin
James Rubin is executive editor of The Bloomberg View, president of the Atlantic Partnership U.S. and a commentator and lecturer on U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. He served as assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Clinton and as chief spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to 2000. In 1998 Mr. Rubin was the recipient of Columbia University's John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement and in 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department's highest honor.