Dr Brown holds a Ph.D. in International History from the University of Surrey, and a M. A. in central and eastern European studies from the School Of Slavonic and East European Studies (S.S.E.E.S.) at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S.), and a member of the New Diplomatic History Network.
His last book was a co-edited collection of essays written by distinguished central European historians on the history of Slovakia for Cambridge University Press. He had previously published 'Dealing with Democrats. The British Foreign Office’s relations with the Czechoslovak émigrés in Great Britain, 1939-1945', Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2006.
The primary focus of his recent research has been European diplomatic history. He is currently studying British foreign policy during the era of Détente leading up to the Helsinki Final Act of 1975. His wider research interests include: British diplomatic history and the influence of the Cold War on historiography.