Peter Burleigh

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BornMarch 7, 1942
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materColgate University
US diplomat specializing in South-East Asia

Employment.png Acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations

In office
August 18, 1998 - August 25, 1999
Preceded byBill Richardson
Succeeded byRichard Holbrooke

Employment.png Coordinator for Counterterrorism

In office
November 22, 1991 - November 23, 1992

Employment.png Acting United States Ambassador to India

In office
July 1, 2011 - April 24, 2012
Preceded byTimothy Roemer

Employment.png Acting United States Ambassador to India

In office
January 15, 2009 - August 11, 2009

Albert Peter Burleigh is an American diplomat, who worked as a Foreign Service Officer and joined the American Academy of Diplomacy.


Burleigh was born March 7, 1942 in Los Angeles, California.

Albert Burleigh graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1963.[1] He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal from 1963 to 1965, during which time he mastered the Nepali language.[2] In addition to that language, he speaks Bengali, Hindi, and Sinhalese.[3]

He was United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka 1995–97, serving concurrently as Ambassador to the Maldives.[4] In 1998–99 he was chargé d'affaires of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In 1999 President Clinton nominated Burleigh for the post of United States Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau, but the U.S. Senate never acted upon the nomination, and it was eventually withdrawn.[4] In 2009 and again in 2011 he was appointed chargé d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, pending appointments first of Timothy Roemer and of Nancy Jo Powell as ambassador.[5][6][7][8]

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