Robert Halsey Pelletreau (born July 9, 1935 in Patchogue, New York) is a diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Bahrain (1979–80), Tunisia (1987–91), and Egypt (1991–93), as well as the former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He currently sits on the U.S. Advisory Council of Israel Policy Forum. He is also a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations.
|Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs|
|Preceded by||Edward Djerejian|
|Succeeded by||Martin Indyk|
|United States Ambassador to Egypt|
|President||George H.W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Frank G. Wisner|
|Succeeded by||Edward S. Walker, Jr.|
|United States Ambassador to Tunisia|
George H.W. Bush
|Preceded by||Peter Sebastian|
|Succeeded by||John Thomas McCarthy|
|United States Ambassador to Bahrain|
|Preceded by||Wat T. Cluverius IV|
|Succeeded by||Peter A. Southerland|
|Born||July 9, 1935|
Patchogue, New York
|Spouse(s)||Pamela Day Pelletreau|
|Alma mater||(BA) Yale University|
(LLB) Harvard Law School
Robert H. Pelletreau was born July 9, 1935 in Patchogue, New York. After graduating from Yale University (B.A., 1957), he served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1957 to 1958. Later he attended Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1961).
Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau entered the Foreign Service in 1962. From 1973 to 1975 Ambassador Pelletreau was a Political Officer in Algiers, Algeria; and served in several capacities in Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania and Morocco. He became Deputy Chief of Mission in Damascus, Syria in 1975. He remained in that position until 1978. A year later he became the Ambassador to the State of Bahrain until 1980. He became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon, 1980–1981. He was Country Director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the Department of State, 1981–1982, and from 1983–1985 the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs at the Department of State. He appeared before the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on 26 September 1983 addressing Major U.S. Interests in the Middle East. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1985–1987. Afterwards, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia from 1987 to 1991. Prior to his most recent position, Ambassador Pelletreau had served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Arab Republic of Egypt on July 31, 1991. Mr. Pelletreau, Jr. was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs on February 18, 1994.
He is married and has three children.
- "ROBERT H. PELLETREAU, JR". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- "Major U.S. interests in the Middle East : September 26, 1983". US Department of State. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- Killgore, Andrew I. (January 1989). "Personality: Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau, Jr". American Educational Trust. p. 12. Archived from the original on 12 January 2011.
- Rosenthal, Andrew (December 15, 1988). "Robert Pelletreau: Longtime Mideast Figure". New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
Wat T. Cluverius IV
| United States Ambassador to Bahrain
Peter Adams Sutherland
| United States Ambassador to Tunisia
John Thomas McCarthy
Frank G. Wisner
| United States Ambassador to Egypt
Edward S. Walker, Jr.