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Tony Blair

Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007)

One of the most respected and admired world leaders in the last 50 years, Tony Blair offers an unparalleled analysis of the world’s most difficult and complex issues.

Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labor Party (1994 to 2007) and a member of parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007). He is currently serving as the Middle East Quartet representative. The Quartet is made up of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia. During his ten years as prime minister, Blair transformed Britain’s public services through a program of investment and reform in schools and hospitals, resulting in more children achieving better school results and more people receiving faster access to health care, with improved survival rates for cancer and coronary heart disease. In the U.S., Blair received widespread recognition for his support for America after the tragedy of 9/11. As a strong advocate of a values-based, activist and multilateralist foreign policy with action on issues like climate change, global poverty, Africa and the Middle East Peace Process, his efforts have culminated in the development of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The Foundation is committed to promote respect and understanding of all major religions. Blair is widely credited for his contribution to the Northern Ireland Peace Process by helping to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement and deliver a power-sharing government. Blair’s memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, made The New York Times Best-seller List within a week of its release.

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