Robert C. McFarlane

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Robert C. (Bud) McFarlane is the founder, owner and Chairman of McFarlane Associates , as Washington D.C. lobbying firm.


Prior to this he was the Chairman of Energy and Communications Solutions, LLC, "a developer of energy and communications infrastructure projects in emerging markets, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union."[1]

A biographical note states that he was "the National Security Advisor under President Reagan from 1983-1985. In 1971 he was named a White House Fellow and served in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the White House. Following that assignment he became Military Assistant to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft. Near the end of this five-year assignment to the White House he was appointed by President Ford as his Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps’ highest peacetime military decoration. In 1981 he was appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Counselor to the Department of State. In 1982 President Reagan appointed Mr. McFarlane as his Deputy National Security Advisor. In 1983 he was appointed by the President as his Special Representative in the Middle East. Following that assignment he returned to the White House and was appointed to the Reagan Cabinet as National Security Advisor.'[2]

"Robert McFarlane retired from government as President Reagan's National Security Advisor in 1985. Following his retirement, Mr. McFarlane founded his own company, Global Energy Investors (GEl), a developer of energy infrastructure projects in Asia and South America. He is a co-founder (with Dr. Henry Kissinger) and Vice Chair of the America-China Society, serves on the Board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the White House Fellows' Foundation, and has been a member of the Boards of The Travelers, Dillon Read (France Fund), and Church & Dwight."[2]

Qatari Contract

In 2009 Qatar has signed a $2.47 million contract[3] with McFarlane's lobbying firm, to "sponsor and organize a peace process to resolve the conflict in Darfur and secure peace throughout Sudan." Under the contract, McFarlane is required to assist the government of Qatar in "facilitating additional agreements between the Government of Sudan in Khartoum and all marginalized ethnic groups in Sudan and the secure the assistance of respected U.S. third-parties towards this objective." Since May McFarlane's firm has been paid] $1.23 million.[4]


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  1. "Robert C. McFarlane", Partnership for a Secure Ameria, archived from November 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert C. McFarlane, Partnership for a Secure Ameria, accessed November 2009.
  3. McFarlane Associates, "Exhibit A to Registration Statement", U.S. Department of Justice, November 9, 2009.(pdf)
  4. McFarlane Associates, "Registration Statement", U.S. Department of Justice, November 9, 2009.(pdf)
  5. Advisory Council, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, accessed August 26, 2008.

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