Andrew Robinson, a retired Canadian diplomat, had a thirty-six year career in the Canadian foreign service, focusing primarily on the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. His Middle East experience consisted of postings in Beirut during the civil war, in Cairo as Counsellor and Chargé d’affaires, and as Ambassador to Jordan, while at Headquarters it included Director General for Africa, Director-General for the Middle East Peace Process, and Director of Middle East Relations Division. For five years he served on behalf of Canada as Gavel (Chairperson) of the Refugee Working Group in the Multilateral Peace Process. From 2001 to 2005 Andrew Robinson was Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, including during the Orange revolution. During his assignment in Ukraine he was actively involved in support of the rule of law and free and fair elections in Ukraine, as well as support for Canadian business and for a closer relationship between Ukraine and western institutions. Subsequently he was Ambassador-in-residence at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.
In July, 1982, as part of a small team who voluntarily remained on post at the Embassy in West Beirut during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, he was commended in a House of Commons motion for “unflinching devotion to duty”. In 1991 he was a recipient of the Government of Canada Merit Award for an exceptional and distinguished contribution to the Public Service, in connection with his leadership of the Gulf War Task Force, 1990 – 1991.
In association with Carleton University he developed and taught courses on diplomatic privileges and immunities, the Vienna Convention and consular management to trainee diplomats. He has also helped to design, develop and deliver peacekeeping and stability operations exercises for training and mentoring of military officers with NATO, the German Bundeswehr, and others.
A graduate of Trent University, Andrew Robinson undertook graduate studies in political science at the University of Manchester and Queen’s University, and attended the Advanced Management Program of the Banff School of Advanced Management. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He has authored a variety of published scholarly or opinion pieces on international affairs.
Andrew Robinson serves or has served on the board of various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, including the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, the National Capital branch of the Canadian International Council, and Ashbury College.