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Deputy Chief of Mission

Deputy Chief of Mission Gary D. Robbins

DCM Gary D. Robbins (USOSCE photo)

DCM Gary D. Robbins (USOSCE photo)

Gary D. Robbins took up his duties as Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE in August 2011.  Before that he served as Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mr. Robbins is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U. S. Department of State.  Prior to his posting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he was the State Department’s Director for European Security and Political Affairs.  His diplomatic career has included assignments in Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Italy, as well as the State Department’s Operations Center.  He also served in South Africa during that country’s transition from apartheid to democracy.  Mr. Robbins speaks German, French, Italian, and Spanish, and holds multiple Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards conferred by the Department of State.

Mr. Robbins holds a Doctorate of Law from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the National Defense University, and a B.A. (Philosophy) from Whitman College.  He also studied at the University of Strasbourg, the University of Stockholm, and the University of Washington.  Before entering the Foreign Service, he practiced law with the Seattle firm of Graham and Dunn.

Mr. Robbins is married to Katrin Constance Robbins-Guenther of Solothurn, Switzerland.  They have two sons.