Robert Blake

Robert Blake

Adjunct Lecturer
Southeast Asia Studies

Background and Education

Robert O. Blake, Jr. is an Adjunct Lecturer of Southeast Asia Studies. He is also Senior Director at McLarty Associates, leading the firm’s work for clients in India and South Asia. He served for 31 years in the State Department in a wide range of leadership positions. In 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, serving from 2009-2013, for which he was awarded the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award. From 2006-2009, he served concurrently as US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in India from 2003-2006, where he was named the worldwide DCM of the Year by the State Department.

Most recently, from 2013-2016, he was the US Ambassador to Indonesia, where he focused on building stronger business and educational ties between the US and Indonesia, while also developing cooperation to help Indonesia reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ambassador Blake has held a wide variety of key State Department positions as well, including Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs from 2001-2003, Deputy Executive Secretary for the Department of State from 2000-2001, and Senior Desk Officer responsible for economic and political relations with Turkey from 1998-2000. He has also served in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria.

He is currently Chairman of the Board of the US-Indonesia Society and board member of the Asia Foundation and the Bhutan Foundation.

Ambassador Blake holds a BA from Harvard College, and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

2017-10-12 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
This course exa...
This course examines the dynamics of power, business, politics and economic growth in Indonesia. The course begins with a review of modern Indonesian history, its political, social and economic development, and the multiple crises that have brought chaos and opportunity to the world’s most populous Muslim state. It examines contemporary Indonesian politics and Indonesia’s complex relationships with global capital markets, international financial institutions and donors. 

09-05-2017 to 12-11-2017 | Th 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM