About David Mepham
David Mepham has been UK director of Human Rights Watch since April 2011. Before then he was a senior policy adviser in the UK's Department for International Development; associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the head of its international programme; and head of policy and advocacy for Save the Children UK. He is co-editor of Progressive Foreign Policy - new directions for the UK (Polity, 2007) and author of many articles in the media
Articles by David Mepham
Crisis in Ukraine
The opening weeks of Gordon Brown's premiership have brought a marked change of tone to the conduct of British foreign policy. The misconceived and counterproductive notion of a "war on terror" has been discarded, replaced by a new focus on winning "hearts and minds". While Tony Blair's rhetoric on international affairs was often strident and evangelical, Brown's public statements since he became prime minister on 27 June 2007 have so far been much more measured. At his meeting with President Bush at Camp David, for example, Gordon Brown stressed the importance he attached to the transatlantic relationship, but without any of the gushing praise for the president that became such a feature of Blair/Bush meetings over recent years.