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Grant Reeher speaks with Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs.

By Grant Davis Reeher

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Oswego, NY – Since 2009 Robert Blake has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs, and prior to that was U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives during the height of the civil war in Sri Lanka. In this conversation he talks about the general region of central and south Asia, but also more specifically about India and its central importance to the United States, on its own and in relation to China and the Middle East. He also discusses the bloody conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, which killed thousands of civilians.