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Thinking about the Future: Conversation with Leon Fuerth,
Research Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School, George Washington University; February 7, 2005 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Leon Fuerth. Leon Fuerth is Research Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has worked on national security affairs in both the Legislative and Executive Branches for more than three decades. He was National Security Advisor to Vice-President Albert Gore.

  1. Background ... parochial school ... early interest in international affairs ... reading Herman Kahn ... the sixties ... literature and history
  2. Foreign Service Career ... call to public service ... Bureau of Intelligence and Research ... first mentor ... early grounding in intelligence ... posting in Zagreb ... gaining an overview
  3. Working in Intelligence ... House Select Committee on Intelligence ... Les Aspin ... assessing current state of intelligence ... how to keep the quality high ... Al Gore's globalist perspective
  4. Congress and the Executive ... diversity of congressional viewpoints ... taking a position on issues ... Executive's ability to shape public opinion ... Iraq War: failure of congressional oversight ... toxic partisanship ... commitment to centrism ... outmoded Cold War structures
  5. New Ideas ... experiences as Vice President's National Security Advisor ... looking ahead ... East Asian banking crisis ... acceleration of impact of new issues ... forward engagement ... networks
  6. Conclusions ... advice for students ... specialists vs. generalists ... planning, and revisiting the plan

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