Robert O. Blake Jr.

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Robert Blake
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United States Ambassador to Indonesia
In office
January 30, 2014 – July 18, 2016
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Scot Marciel
Succeeded by Joseph R. Donovan Jr.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
In office
May 26, 2009 – October 18, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Richard Boucher
Succeeded by Nisha Biswal
United States Ambassador to the Maldives
In office
October 30, 2006 – May 21, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Jeffrey Lunstead
Succeeded by Patricia Butenis
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
In office
September 9, 2006 – May 21, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Jeffrey Lunstead
Succeeded by Patricia Butenis
Personal details
Born Robert Orris Blake Jr.
1957 (age 60–61)
Alma mater Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University

Robert Orris Blake Jr. (born 1957) is a career diplomat and the former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia. He formerly served as the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from 2009 to 2013 and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 2006 to 2009.[1]

He is the son of Robert O. Blake, retired U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Blake is seen with E. Saravanapavan at Uthayan Office in Jaffna.

Blake is a career Foreign Service Officer, having entered the Foreign Service in 1985. He has served at the U.S. embassies in Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt. He also has held a number of positions at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Blake served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission in New Delhi, India, from 2003 to 2006.

Blake in November 2007

Blake arrived in Sri Lanka on September 8, 2006, to take up his duties as Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives. Blake presented his credentials on September 9 to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In January 2007 he met with President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to discuss renewable energy in the Maldives. In February 2007, Blake received minor injuries from a mortar blast while exiting a helicopter at a Sri Lankan air base in Batticaloa, where he was to attend a development meeting. Tamil rebels are believed to be responsible for the mortar attack.[2] The Tigers claimed they were not informed by the government that the ambassador was present and were only returning fire from the Sri Lankan Army.

Blake was known to be engaged in the Sri Lankan civil society and practice what came to be known as "Public Diplomacy" which led some to label him as an interferer in internal affairs of the country.[3]

Blake succeeded Richard Boucher when he assumed his duties as the Assistant Secretary for Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs on May 26, 2009.[4] He was replaced by Nisha Desai Biswal on October 23, 2013, after being nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia.[5][1]

Personal life[edit]

Blake earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1980 and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1984. He is married to Sofia Blake. They have three daughters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Robert O. Blake, Jr". U.S. Department of State. U.S. State Department. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Diplomats hurt in S Lanka attack", BBC News, February 27, 2007
  3. ^ Robert Blake’s insistence on ‘equal rights’ and interference in Sri Lanka’s Internal Affairs", The Island, May 10, 2011, 7:32 pm
  4. ^ Blake, Robert, O. Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State [1].
  5. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". White House. Retrieved 2 November 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Jeffrey Lunstead
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Patricia Butenis
United States Ambassador to the Maldives
2006–2009
Preceded by
Scot Marciel
United States Ambassador to Indonesia
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Joseph R. Donovan Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Boucher
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Nisha Biswal