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Fletcher Grad Named Adviser To Rice

Fletcher Grad Named Adviser To RicePhilipZelikow, a political scholar who served as executive directorof the 9/11 Commission, will become a senior adviser to the newsecretary of state.Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.02.05] Philip Zelikow, a Tufts graduate who won praise as theexecutive director of the commission investigating the Sept. 11terrorist attacks, has been selected to serve as senior adviserto Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"Philipand I have worked together for years, and I value his counseland expertise," Rice said in a statement. "I appreciatehis willingness to take on this assignment."

Zelikow, whois currently executive director of the Miller Center of PublicAffairs at the University of Virginia, will assume a role wherehe will advise the secretary on matters of policy and diplomacy.He received a master's and a doctorate from The Fletcher School.

"It'sbeen somebody the secretary could turn to, rely on for projects,advice, thinking, coordination – a lot of different things,"State Department spokesman Richard Boucher – who also graduatedfrom Tufts – told The Daily Progress (Charlottesville,Va.). "It's a very personal position, sort of, for thesecretary."

The positionof senior adviser has not been filled since 2001, but Zelikow'scolleagues believe he will be a perfect fit.

"It'sa job that absolutely suits him to a T," George H. Gilliam,program director at the Miller Center, told The Daily Progress.

Most recently,Zelikow was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, whichsought to explain how the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetrated andhow to prevent future attacks. Many of the commission's recommendationshave been implemented – most notably the appointment ofAmbassador John Negroponte as national intelligence director –and the published report became a best-seller.

Between 2001and 2003, Zelikow was a member of the President’s ForeignIntelligence Advisory Board and served as executive director ofthe National Commission on Federal Election Reform and executivedirector of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Securityin the Information Age. He has previously served in various capacitieswith the U.S. Navy, State Department and National Security Council.

Zelikow andRice, who worked together in the National Security Council duringGeorge H.W. Bush's presidency, co-authored a book in 1995 entitledGermany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft.

The Fletchergraduate taught public policy at Harvard University before comingto the University of Virginia, where The Miller Center supportsscholarship concerning government and public policy. While Zelikowhas been hailed for his efforts at the center, those who workwith him understand why he is moving on.

"He'sa patriot, and it's very hard to say no," Gilliam told TheDaily Progress.

 

 

 

 

 

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