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Meet John W. Blaney

Senior Advisor, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Former Ambassador to Liberia

As U.S. Ambassador to Liberia (2002-2005), John Blaney successfully ended a 14 year civil war on the battlefield and played a key role in removing warlord Charles Taylor from power. He also conceived and implemented much of Liberia’s multilateral post-war stabilization and recovery program in order to ensure peace, democratic transition and nation-building, which included the disarmament of approximately 110,00 combatants from three armies. 

For his accomplishments in Liberia, Ambassador Blaney was awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award (the highest decoration in the State Department], and the Order of Redemption, Knight Great Band, for bold and courageous interventions that led to the establishment of peace in Liberia. 

Prior to his appointment in Liberia, Mr. Blaney served as U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in South Africa, where he represented the U.S. at the Head-of-State level, and managed 27 U.S. Government agencies at four locations. From 1995-1999, Mr. Blaney was the Department of State’s Country Director for Southern Africa, where he designed and supervised U.S. policies for the 10 countries of that region. In the mid- 1990’s, Mr. Blaney was assigned by the President to the position of U.S. Deputy Representative to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. In this capacity, he also led the U.S. economic sanctions policy unit at the UN Security Council, and was the U.S.’s prime negotiator at the United Nations on many issues. 

Mr. Blaney is also a specialist and author on Russia (Successor States to the USSR), and earlier, as Minister-Counselor in Moscow, repeatedly warned Washington of growing instability in the Soviet Union before it collapsed. Subsequently, he was named the U.S. Foreign Service Institute’s Chairman of the Successor States to the USSR, where he trained hundreds who went out to establish new embassies in the successor states to the Soviet Union. 

Mr. Blaney is also an arms control expert, working in that capacity on key issues for both the Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress (including for the Chairman, House Armed Services Committee), and is the principal author of the U.S.-USSR Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Agreement. An economist as well, Mr. Blaney worked at the U.S. Treasury and Department of State on financial and economic issues. A former U.S. Army officer and teacher at West Point, his degrees are from Syracuse University (BA), and Georgetown University (MSFS). He holds many other high awards and decorations from throughout his career. 

Currently, Mr. Blaney is with Deloitte Consulting.  Among his many activities, Mr. Blaney developed and teaches “Negotiating in Non-secure Environments” to U.S. interagency Provincial Reconstruction Team members on their way to Iraq. Separately, he also is a consultant to Wall Street on a global range of topics and countries.

Education and Professional Certifications

  • MSFS, Georgetown University
  • BA, Syracuse University

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