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Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy

Foreigh Policy Experts Explain U.S. Iran Policy After the Second Release of the Popular Policy Book

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, October 27, 2006 the Center for American Progress will host a discussion on the conflict within the Bush administration over Iran. The newly released second edition of Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy provides the framework to for this discussion with insights into recent events abroad.

First published more than thirty years ago, Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy remains the primer for understanding how the bureaucracy shapes U.S. foreign policy. In the new second edition, the authors have updated the book to include events from the last three decades as well as an analysis of the bureaucratic role of Congress in making foreign policy.

Feautured Panelists:
Joe Cirincione, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
Priscilla Clapp, retired Minister-Counselor, U.S. Foreign Service
Lt. General Robert Gard (Ret.), Former President, National Defense University
Morton H. Halperin, Senior Fellow and Director of the Security and Peace Initiative,

Center for American Progress
Friday, October 27, 2006
Program: 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission is free.

Center for American Progress
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Washington, DC 20005
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Joseph Cirincione is Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC. He is one of America’s best known weapons experts, appearing frequently in print and on FOX News, CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR, BBC and occasionally on Comedy Central. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007), Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats, (Second Edition, 2005), and co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005). He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In May 2004 the National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the 100 people who will play a critical role in the policy debates of this administration. The World Affairs Councils of America also named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy. Prior to joining the Center in May 2007, he served as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for eight years. Before that, Mr. Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations, and served as staff director of the Military Reform Caucus. He is the author of numerous articles on nuclear weapons issues, the producer of two DVDs on proliferation and is a frequent commentator on these issues in the media. He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Priscilla Clapp is a retired Minister-Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service. She is currently involved in community and academic work with several institutions. During her 30-year career with the U.S. Government, Ms. Clapp served as Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Burma (1999-2002), Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy in South Africa (1993-96), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs (1989-1993), Political Counselor in the US Embassy in Moscow (1986-88), and chief of political-military affairs in the US Embassy in Japan (1981-85). She also worked on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, in its East Asian, Political Military, and International Organizations Bureaus, and with the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She speaks Russian, Japanese, French, and some Burmese. Prior to government service, Ms. Clapp spent ten years in foreign policy and arms control research, under contract to the MIT Center for International Studies and as a research associate at the Brookings Institution. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her books include: with Morton Halperin, Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (Brookings, 2006), with I.M.Destler et al., Managing an Alliance: the Politics of U.S.-Japanese Relations (Brookings, 1976), with Morton Halperin, U.S.-Japanese Relations in the 1970’s (Harvard, 1974). She is the author of numerous chapters, articles and other publications on foreign policy.

Robert Gard has had a long and distinguished career of public service inside and outside the military. His military career includes service in Korea, Germany, and Vietnam, ending as a Lieutenant General and president of National Defense University in 1981. Following his military service, Mr. Gard has been active as an international relations professor, as well as consulting on international affairs. He is the author of numerous articles and monographs, the most recent of which being US Military Doctrine and Counter-Insurgency, in addition to being a member of prestigious institutions such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.

Morton H. Halperin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the Security and Peace Initiative, a joint initiative of American Progress and The Century Foundation. He is also the Executive Director of the Open Society Policy Center and the Director, U.S. Advocacy for the Open Society Institute. Dr. Halperin served in the federal government in the Clinton, Nixon and Johnson administrations, most recently from December 1998 to January 2001 as Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State. In the Clinton administration, he was also Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy at the National Security Council, a consultant to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and was nominated by the President for the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Democracy and Peacekeeping. In 1969, he was a Senior Staff member of the National Security Council responsible for National Security Planning. From July 1966 to January 1969, he worked in the Department of Defense where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, responsible for political-military planning and arms control. Dr. Halperin has also been associated with a number of think tanks. He was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from January 2001 to June 2003 and from March 1996 to December 1998. Dr. Halperin has been a Senior Vice President of The Century Foundation/Twentieth Century Fund, a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution. In addition to his involvement in foreign policy issues, Dr. Halperin worked for many years for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He served as Director of the Center for National Security Studies there from 1975 to 1992, focusing on issues affecting both civil liberties and national security. From 1984 to 1992, he was also the Director of the Washington Office of the ACLU, with responsibility for the ACLU’s national legislative program as well as the activities of the ACLU Foundation based in the Washington Office. Dr. Halperin has authored, coauthored and edited more than a dozen books including Strategy and Arms Control (1961), Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (1974), The Lawless State (1976), Nuclear Fallacy (1987), and Self-Determination in the New World Order (1992). He has also contributed articles to a number of newspapers, magazines, and journals, including the New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Harpers, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, on subjects including national security and civil liberties, bureaucratic politics, Japan, China, military strategy, and arms control.


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