As refugees from Syria stream towards Europe, economic issues linger, and extremists seemingly gain ground on the Left and the Right from Britain to Italy to France, the pressure on the Continent’s grand post-war political experiment, the E.U., continues to increase. Sir Christopher Meyer, the eloquent U.K. Ambassador to the U.S. who saw the inner workings both of Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s White House, here offers his views on the stakes in Europe and the Middle East, as well as insight into Putin’s Syrian intervention and its geostrategic implications.
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Sir Christopher Meyer served as the U.K.’s Ambassador to the U.S. from 1997 to 2003. He is the author of Only Child, a memoir; Getting Our Way, a history of British diplomacy; and DC Confidential, about his diplomatic career.