Robert White (diplomat)

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Robert White

Robert White (born September 21, 1926 in Melrose , Massachusetts , † January 13, 2015 in Arlington , Virginia ) was an American diplomat . He was ambassador to various US governments and since 2008 chairman of the Center for International Policy .


From 1977 to 1980 White was ambassador to Paraguay . He was then ambassador to El Salvador from 1980 to 1981 . He was considered a critic of the US government's policy towards El Salvador at the time, which was primarily characterized by support for right-wing circles and the military. In 1981 White retired and became a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace .

According to a telegram from 1978, which became known through a FoIA request from the New York Times , Robert White had learned in a conversation with General Alejandro Fretes Dávalos, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of Paraguay , that the South American countries involved in Operation Condor were a US communications system used in the Panama Canal Zone. In addition, all Latin American armed forces took part in the covert operation .

White died of complications from cancer on January 13, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 88.

Individual evidence

  1. Diana Jean Schemo: New Files Tie US to Deaths of Latin leftists in 1970's. In: The New York Times, March 6, 2001 (accessed January 17, 2015).
  2. Sam Roberts: Robert E. White, Ex-Ambassador to Latin America, Dies at 88. In: The New York Times, January 16, 2015 (English, accessed January 17, 2015).
predecessor Office successor
George W. Landau US Ambassador to Asunción
November 30, 1977-27. January 1980
Lyle Franklin Lane
Frank J. Devine US Ambassador to San Salvador
March 11, 1980–1. February 1981
Deane R. Hinton