Robert Malley, U.S. Special Representative for Iran

Robert Malley

U.S. Special Representative for Iran 

Robert Malley was born in 1963 in New York and grew up in Paris, France. He attended Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he earned a D.Phil. in political science. He earned a Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White. After his clerkship, Malley became a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

He served in President Clinton’s administration as Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council. He was later Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor before being appointed Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs. 

After his service there, he became Senior Policy Advisor for the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Development in Washington, D.C. He later became Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group in Washington, directing analysts based in Amman, Cairo, Beirut, Tel Aviv, and Baghdad. 

Malley joined President Obama’s administration as a consultant on Persian Gulf policy and as senior director of the National Security Council. He was the lead negotiator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. 

In January 2021, President Biden named Malley U.S. Special Envoy to Iran. 

He is married to Caroline and they have three children. 

In the News…

The prospects of reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are “tenuous” at best, President Biden’s envoy for Iran said. Robert Malley, the lead negotiator for the renewal of the nuclear accord, told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “as I sit here today, the odds of a successful negotiation are lower than the odds of failure.” He added, “And that is because of the excessive Iranian demands… to which we will not succumb.” 

He said that what Iran wants was unrelated to the 2015 nuclear deal and that, as a result, Tehran would have to offer an equivalent “reciprocal” 

“We do not have a deal with Iran, and prospects for reaching one are, at best, tenuous,” the envoy said. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Mr. Malley? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Robert Malley 
Special Representative for Iran 
U.S. Department of State 
2201 C St NW 
Washington, DC 20520 


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