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Biography of Samuel R. Berger

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Samuel R. Berger is Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Mr. Berger is the National Security Advisor to President Clinton. In that capacity, he is the senior White House advisor to the President on all international issues -- from the war in Kosovo to the Asian financial crisis. He coordinates the President's national security team, including the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mr. Berger served as Deputy National Security Advisor during President Clinton's first term, as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Governor Clinton during the 1992 Presidential campaign and Director of National Security for the 1992 Clinton-Gore Transition.

Mr. Berger has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his service in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Berger was a partner in the Washington law firm of Hogan and Hartson, where he headed the firm's international group. Earlier, Mr. Berger served as Special Assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Harold Hughes (Iowa) and to Congressman Joseph Resnick (N.Y.). Mr. Berger also served as Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State under Secretary Cyrus Vance (1977 - 1980). During his tenure at the State Department, Mr. Berger was involved in a wide variety of international economic, security and foreign policy matters.

Mr. Berger received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1971.

Mr. Berger is the author of Dollar Harvest (1971), a book on American rural politics, and a multitude of articles on international affairs.

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