Robert S. Gelbard

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Robert S. Gelbard
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Personal details
Born (1944-03-06) March 6, 1944 (age 75)
New York City
Alma materColby College

Robert Sidney Gelbard (born March 6, 1944 in New York City) is a diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Bolivia (1988–91) and Indonesia (1999–2001). He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and is a 1964 graduate of Colby College and a 1979 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he received a Master of Public Administration.

In the Clinton administration, he was an envoy to the Balkans.[1] In the Spring of 1998, he met with Slobodan Milosevic and warned him about NATO's possible use of military force against Serbia.[1] By May 1998, he suggested to the White House that they bomb Serbia, but the idea was originally rejected by NSA Sandy Berger.[1]

Lobbying activities[edit]

Gelbard is the founder and chairman of Washington Global Partners LLC, a lobbying and consulting outfit based in Washington, DC. In October 2011, the Economist reported that Gelbard lobbied to discredit the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala and its current director, Francisco Dall'Anese. Dall'Anese suggested that the lobbying campaign was funded by private sector opponents of the Commission's investigation of Guatemala's wealthy former interior minister, Carlos Vielmann, on charges of orchestrating extrajudicial killings.[2][3] In February 2012, Gelbard joined the public policy and regulation practice at SNR Denton.[4] In response to the accusations concerning the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Gelbard wrote in The Economist "Based on two decades of experience in democratic institution-building, law enforcement and counter-narcotics, I have criticised the overall efforts of Francisco Dall'Anese, who heads CICIG, as being not aggressive enough compared with those of Carlos Castresana, his predecessor, and in light of the dire situation facing Guatemala." Source The Economist 29 November 2011.


  1. ^ a b c Eric Moskowitz and Jeffrey S. Lantis, 'Conflict in the Balkans', in Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council, ed. Karl F. Inderfurth and Loch K. Johnson, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, p.256
  2. ^ "Parachuting in the prosecutors". The Economist. 2011-10-15.
  3. ^ "Fugitive Guatemalan official arrested". CNN. 2010-12-16.
  4. ^ "K Street Files: SNR Denton Nabs Gelbard". Roll Call. 2012-02-22.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Melvyn Levitsky
Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters
November 23, 1993 – April 10, 1997
Succeeded by
Rand Beers
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward Morgan Rowell
United States Ambassador to Bolivia
Succeeded by
Charles R. Bowers
Preceded by
J. Stapleton Roy
United States Ambassador to Indonesia
Succeeded by
Ralph L. Boyce