AP lunch with Ambassador Bob Blackwill, London

Thursday, 2 December 2004
12:15 – 02:00

Ambassador Bob Blackwill addressed an AP gathering at the Savoy Hotel in London

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill to Join
Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC
November 10, 2004
202-333-4936

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC (BGR), DC’s top-rated Republican lobbying firm, today announced that Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill will join the firm, leading the firm’s global affairs practice from the newly created position of President, Barbour Griffith & Rogers International.

For the past eighteen months, Ambassador Blackwill has served President Bush as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning. Bob also served as Presidential Envoy to Iraq, and earlier, as US Ambassador to India (2001 to 2003).

According to Lanny Griffith, the CEO of BGR, “We are thrilled that Ambassador Blackwill is joining our thriving firm. Bob’s keen intellect and fresh perspective on international affairs will greatly enhance our firm’s already strong global practice. Bob’s experience in global markets will be a huge asset for our existing clients and give us enormous new capacity to grow a dynamic international practice.”

Prior to serving as Ambassador to India, Blackwill was the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 1989 to 1990, Ambassador Blackwill served as Special Assistant to President George Bush for European and Soviet Affairs, during which time he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to German unification. Bob spent nearly 20 years as a practicing diplomat with an impressive range of overseas postings.

Ed Rogers, Chairman of BGR, stated, “I have had the pleasure of working with Bob starting in the first Bush Administration, and he is one of the finest public servants I know. He has been directly involved at the highest level with some of the most complex and challenging issues facing our country. His knowledge of the issues and his understanding of the foreign policy-making process is second to none.”

“I have had no greater honor than serving President Bush over the past four years. I am looking forward to new opportunities and new challenges with my friends at Barbour Griffith & Rogers,” noted Blackwill.

BGR, founded in 1991, is a company of lawyers, policy specialists and other professionals based in Washington, D.C. The firm is actively involved in the shaping of public policy issues that dominate the American political and corporate agenda, serving as advocates in federal government relations, a vital link to state governments in every region of the country, and an ally in business development anywhere in the U.S. and in select markets around the world.


Biographical Highlights: Ambassador Robert Blackwill

· Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill served President Bush Deputy Assistant to the President, and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning and Presidential Envoy to Iraq. In this position, Ambassador Blackwill was responsible for government-wide policy planning operations to help develop and coordinate the mid- and long-term direction of American foreign policy. He also had particular responsibility for assisting in the formulation and implementation of U.S. policies regarding Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran.

· Ambassador Blackwill came to the National Security Council after having served as the U.S. Ambassador to India. Nominated and appointed by President George W. Bush, he assumed his position as the American Ambassador to the Republic of India on July 27, 2001 and completed his tenure on July 30, 2003.

· Prior to this diplomatic posting, Ambassador Blackwill was the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he taught strategy, foreign and defense policy, and qualitative public policy analysis. During his 14 years at Harvard, he was Associate Dean of the Kennedy School, and directed executive training programs for business and government leaders from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, as well as General Officers from Russia and the Peoples Republic of China.

· From 1989 to 1990, Ambassador Blackwill served as Special Assistant to President George Bush for European and Soviet Affairs, and was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to German unification. Bob spent nearly 20 years as a practicing diplomat and worked for Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, as well as for National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbingiew Brzezinski.

· He is the author of many books and articles on international security and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Board of the Nixon Center.

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