Jeffrey A. Bader

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Jeffrey A. Bader
4th United States Ambassador to Namibia
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by George F. Ward
Succeeded by Kevin Joseph McGuire
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Spouse(s) Rohini Talalla

Jeffrey A. Bader (born 1945) was the senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council in the Obama Administration[1][2] and a former United States Ambassador to Namibia.[3]


Bader retired from foreign service in 2002 and later joined the Brookings Institution, where he was director of John L. Thornton China Center.[4][5] From 2009 to 2011, he was senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council under the Obama Administration.

Personal life[edit]

Bader is of Jewish descent.[6] In 1985, he married documentary filmmaker Rohini Talalla who he met in New York City. Talalla is an immigrant from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is of mixed Sri Lankan, Welsh, Burmese and Chinese ancestry.[7]


  1. ^ "Jeffrey A. Bader". The Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Sanger, David; Landler, Mark (April 12, 2010). "China Pledges to Work With U.S. on Iran Sanctions". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jeffrey A. Bader". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Johnston, Christopher (October 1, 2008). "Long-distance relationship: Jeffrey Bader has had an intimate affair with China--and he's eager to tell Deal Maker Forum attendees about it.". Inside Business. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ambassador Jeffrey A. Bader Named Senior Fellow and Director of Brookings China Initiative". The Brookings Institution. March 28, 2005. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  6. ^ The Tablet Magazine: "Your State Dinner Hu’s Who - Meet the Jews of America’s ruling class" By Marc Tracy January 20, 2011
  7. ^ Washington Life: "ObamaLand: POTUS’ China Watcher - President Obama’s national security advisor on Asian affairs Jeffrey Bader, accompanied by his wife, Rohini Talalla, talks optimistically about future Chinese-American relations" By Chuck Conconi March 21, 2011

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
George F. Ward
United States Ambassador to Namibia
Succeeded by
Kevin Joseph McGuire