A. Peter Burleigh


Peter BURLEIGH recently retired from the Foreign Service after thirty-three years in South Asia and the Persian Gulf. Ambassador Burleigh joined the Foreign Service of the United States as a political officer in Colombo and Calcutta in 1967. From 1985 to 1987, he headed the State Department office responsible for Iran and Iraq, after which he became deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. From 1989 to 1991, Ambassador Burleigh was principal deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research, and from 1991 to 1992, was coordinator of the Office of Counter-Terrorism, with the rank of ambassador. He held the position of principal deputy assistant secretary of state for personnel prior to serving as ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Republic of the Maldives from 1995 to 1997. Ambassador Burleigh served as deputy representative of the United States to the United Nations from August 1997 until December 1999. In October 2000, he was awarded the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service medal, and in December 2000 was designated for a Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ambassador Burleigh received his undergraduate degree in anthropology and sociology from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA.

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