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Anthony "Tony" Charles Lynton Blair

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July 2015: "Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).

Tony Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up the largest proportion of his time. Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.

He has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding of and between the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world. The foundation creates opportunities for people of all faiths and none to come together to learn directly from each other and to take joint action on shared humanitarian goals.

The 'Faiths Act' programme empowers, supports and trains young people to take multi-faith action against extreme poverty in support of the Millennium Development Goals, providing an alternative to those who try to use faith as a means to divide. 'Face to Faith' is a global education project for students aged 11-16. Students learn directly from each other through working on joint projects, video-conference exchanges and an online community. The 'Faith and Globalisation Initiative' is a global network of leading universities, examining the role of faith in the modern world.

The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative helps some of Africa's most dynamic leaders deliver the change their people need to relieve poverty. Renewing Tony Blair's commitment to Africa, the Africa Governance Initiative currently operates in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and South Sudan advising each of the country’s Presidents with a team of AGI’s staff working full-time at the centre of all five governments. By combining Tony Blair's unique experience as a leader and reformer, his personal relationships with African leaders, and in-country teams of experts, the Africa Governance Initiative is helping to build the capacity of partners to tackle poverty and attract investment sustainably.

Having been the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005, Mr. Blair is now leading the Breaking the Climate Deadlock Initiative, through which he is working with world leaders to bring consensus on a new and comprehensive international climate policy framework.

In recognition of his debt to the North East, he has also launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which will increase participation in sport by young people, particularly those who are currently socially excluded - by inspiring more adults to become trained coaches; by providing access to high quality nationally-accredited training for those we recruit; and by helping to match coaches with the schools and sports clubs which need them. The foundation is working to ensuring a sporting legacy in the North East for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games which Mr Blair helped to bring to the United Kingdom.

50 Achievements of the Labour Party in government under Prime Minister Tony Blair..."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2010: "The Saville inquiry was commissioned in 1998 by Tony Blair, then prime minister, as part of the negotiations that brought about the Good Friday pact, and broke records for the 12 years it took to complete, the nearly 1,400 witnesses who gave evidence and the cost: $280 million. More than half of the money — government funds — went to the lawyers involved, two of whom earned nearly $6 million each."

July 2008: "The events in Basra, and the fact that nobody faced murder charges, contributed to a surge of public discontent in Britain over the country’s involvement in the Iraq conflict that hastened the resignation in June 2007 of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who led Britain into the war."

June 2007: LONDON, June 12 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that the news media, driven by increasing competition and pressure from fast-changing technology, have largely abandoned impartial reporting in favor of sensation, shock and controversy, which he said demoralizes public servants and badly serves the public.

May 2007: Sentiments have been building for years that the World Bank cannot hold itself out as an international organization unless more countries have a say in how it is run. Earlier this month, Hilary Benn, international development minister in the British cabinet under outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair, told Parliament that the American and European claims on the bank and the fund should be scrapped.

May 2006: Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has been a close ally of President Bush in global military actions against al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, has called Guantanamo an 'anomaly' but has stopped short of calling for its immediate closure.

November 2001: Born 1953. 1994 became leader of the English Labour Party, elected Prime Minister in 1997.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Supervisor of (past or present) Succeeded by Gordon Brown Person May 21, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Paul Collier Person May 20, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Peter Goldsmith Esq. Person May 15, 2006
Research/Analysis Subject Anthony Seldon Person Oct 24, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Jan 05, 2011 Microlenders, Honored With Nobel, Are Struggling

QUOTE: microloans have prompted political hostility in Bangladesh, India, Nicaragua and other developing countries....But as with other trumpeted development initiatives that have promised to lift hundreds of millions from poverty, microcredit has struggled to turn rhetoric into tangible success.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2010 Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’

QUOTE: Prime Minister David Cameron offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British soldiers in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited judicial inquiry had left no doubt that the “Bloody Sunday” shootings were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”

New York Times
Jul 11, 2008 Iraqis to Get Settlement From Britain Over Abuse

QUOTE: Britain’s Defense Ministry agreed on Thursday to pay compensation to the family of an Iraqi hotel receptionist who died in the custody of British troops in Basra in September 2003, and to nine other Iraqis detained with him who the ministry said suffered “substantive breaches” of their human rights.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2007 Stop Trying To 'Save' Africa

QUOTE: [Some] campaigns [to help Africa] , however well intentioned, promote the stereotype of Africa as a black hole of disease and death. News reports constantly focus on the continent's corrupt leaders, warlords, "tribal" conflicts, child laborers, and women disfigured by abuse and genital mutilation.

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2007 Blair Likens News Media to 'Feral Beast': British Leader Says Competition Has Pushed Press to Focus on the Sensational

QUOTE: the news media, driven by increasing competition and pressure from fast-changing technology .... "saps the country's confidence and self-belief," [Prime Minister Tony Blair] said. "It undermines its assessment of itself, of institutions, and above all, it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions in the right spirit for our future."

Washington Post
Jun 08, 2007 Saudi Reportedly Got $2 Billion for British Arms Deal

QUOTE: Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a member of Saudi Arabia's royal family and the kingdom's former ambassador to the United States, pocketed about $2 billion in secret payments as part of an $80 billion arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia that was first signed in 1985, British media reported Thursday.

Washington Post
May 19, 2007 Debate Rises On World Bank Succession: Some World Leaders Oppose Traditional Prerogative of U.S.

QUOTE: As the White House asserted its claim on picking Wolfowitz's successor, aid groups and former bank officials demanded that the next president be selected not in deference to the Bush administration, but on professional merits.

Washington Post
May 10, 2007 Pair jailed over Bush-Blair memo leak

QUOTE: A civil servant and an MP's researcher were today jailed for leaking a secret memo about a meeting on Iraq between Tony Blair and George Bush. The four-page memo recorded April 2004 Oval Office talks between the two leaders on events in the city of Falluja. Its contents were so secret that much of the trial was held behind closed doors with the press and public excluded.

Guardian Unlimited
Apr 25, 2007 In 2005, G8 pledged $50bn for Africa. Now the reality: West accused of putting lives at risk as fund reaches just 10% of promised total

QUOTE: "If the efforts to double aid by 2010 are not increased soon it will be too late," Mr Annan said as the APP presented its findings in Berlin to the prime minister and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who will host this year's G8 summit in early June. Mr Annan said the commitment to doubling aid had fallen year on year since Gleneagles.

Guardian Unlimited
Mar 22, 2007 The 'Open Skies' Deal Is Hindered by Protectionism (The Invisible Hand)

QUOTE: Under the terms of the deal, which was approved by European ministers today, the administration will once again ask Congress to ease the restrictions on foreign airline ownership, not that anyone seriously believes this Congress will do any such thing for this president. Trying, however, will bring its own reward, in the form of expanded access by U.S. airlines to the most lucrative international air hub: London's Heathrow.

Smart Money
Mar 06, 2007 British Court Lifts Restrictions on BBC Report

QUOTE: The unfolding battle began last Friday when the High Court barred the BBC, Britain’s public service broadcaster, from airing a news report on developments in the affair, which has cast a dark cloud of rumored corruption over what are expected to be the final months of Mr Blair’s 10-year tenure in office.

New York Times
Jan 08, 2007 Falkland Islands An Unsettled Issue 25 Years After War: Contending Claims by Argentina, Britain Burden Relations as Anniversary Nears

QUOTE: [Falkland Islands--Ed.] known in Argentina as the Malvinas. That sentiment is not lost on the nation's political strategists. Many historians say Argentina's military dictatorship started the war 25 years ago in a desperate effort to save itself; the government was buckling under heavy public opposition, and it clutched at the most convenient unifying national cause it could find. On April 2, 1982, the military launched attacks from the port city of Rio Gallegos to begin the doomed invasion.

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2006 Officials Reach California Deal to Cut Emissions

QUOTE: California’s political leaders announced an agreement on Wednesday that imposes the most sweeping controls on carbon dioxide emissions in the nation, putting the state at the forefront of a broad campaign to curb the man-made causes of climate change despite resistance in Washington...the deal in California is strongly opposed by Republicans in the Legislature and many business leaders across the state.

New York Times
Aug 20, 2006 Essay: The Post-8/10 World

QUOTE: Do civil liberties cling to our belief system only by custom...Well, it depends on what you mean by civil liberties. Blair argues, as did American conservatives in the wake of the Warren Court, that certain legal protections, particularly for accused criminals, are overly punctilious, and damaging to law enforcement.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2006 Muslim Myopia

QUOTE: those who claim to speak for Muslims have a responsibility to the majority, which wants to reconcile Islam with pluralism. Whatever their imperial urges, it is not for Tony Blair or George W. Bush to restore Islam’s better angels. That duty — and glory — goes to Muslims.

New York Times
Aug 14, 2006 WATCHING LEBANON: Washington’s interests in Israel’s war.

QUOTE: According to a Middle East expert with knowledge of the current thinking of both the Israeli and the U.S. governments, Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah—and shared it with Bush Administration officials—well before the July 12th kidnappings. “It’s not that the Israelis had a trap that Hezbollah walked into,” he said, “but there was a strong feeling in the White House that sooner or later the Israelis were going to do it.”...The United States and Israel have shared intelligence and enjoyed close military coöperation for decades, but early this spring, according to a former senior intelligence official, high-level planners from the U.S. Air Force—under pressure from the White House to develop a war plan for a decisive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities—began consulting with their counterparts in the Israeli Air Force.

New Yorker
Jun 25, 2006 After Londonistan

QUOTE: Britain is trying to clamp down on its Muslim communities and empower them at the same time. Clamp down too hard, and you alienate the people you want to win over. Empower communities indiscriminately, and you give free rein to people it is foolish to trust.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2006 For British Officials, Debate Hits Home: Upscale Government Residences Under Scrutiny

QUOTE: Britain maintains a spectacular real estate portfolio worth tens of millions of dollars for its top government that cabinet ministers such as Prescott are paid salaries of $250,000 or more, people are questioning whether the government should be doling out these perks.

Washington Post
May 31, 2006 Britain's Goal: Hooligans Don't Get Past the Local Pub: Police Collect Passports to Keep Unruly Soccer Fans From the World Cup in Germany

QUOTE: In addition to barring Britain's most aggressive fans from traveling abroad, police are also keeping an eye on them at home by demanding that they register at a local police station every day England has a a few cases, people are being banned from games because they were drunk, not violent.

Washington Post
May 26, 2006 Politics: Bush and Blair Concede Errors, but Defend War

QUOTE: President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, two leaders badly weakened by the continuing violence in Iraq, acknowledged major misjudgments in the execution of the Iraq war on Thursday night even while insisting that the election of a constitutional government in Baghdad justified their decision to go to war three years ago.

New York Times

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