Speaker - Leslie H. Gelb

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Leslie H. Gelb is president emeritus and board senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the president of the Council from 1993 to 2003. Prior to the Council, Dr. Gelb had a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he was columnist (1991–93), deputy editorial page editor (1986–90), and editor of the op-ed page (1988–90). He had been the national security correspondent (1981–86), for which he was awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism, and diplomatic correspondent (1973–77). Dr. Gelb served as assistant secretary of state in the Carter administration, during which time he was the director of the bureau of politico-military affairs and received the highest State Department award, the Distinguished Honor Award. He was director of policy planning and arms control for international security affairs at the Department of Defense, where he also served as director of the Pentagon Papers Project. While at the Defense Department, Dr. Gelb won the Pentagon’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. He is the author of "Anglo-American Relations, 1945–1950: Toward a Theory of Alliances" (1988). He is also coauthor of "The Irony of Vietnam: The System Worked" (1980), which won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award; "Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy" (1984); and "Claiming the Heavens (Star Wars)" (1988).

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The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq

07.11.06 | 01:02:34 min | 3 comments