Blair to Take Yale Post This Fall

Former British PM will combine religion, politics classes with Middle East peace mission
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 7:53 PM CST
Middle East Quartet envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. He will add teaching at Yale to his workload this fall, leading classes in politics...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Blair’s ties to President Bush are getting thicker by the minute: The former British prime minister will take a teaching position at Yale, Dubya's alma mater, this fall, the Guardian reports; Blair's son Euan is a grad student at the university, the Yale Daily News reports. Blair, who's also a Middle East peace envoy, will teach a religion and politics seminar.

Guardian sources said the Yale job, coupled with his other responsibilities, will likely pose tough time demands. New Haven wasn’t his first choice: He approached the London School of Economics in 2006 about a job, but negative reaction to his support for Bush and the Iraq war led him to seek a rosier reception in America.