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Co-chair of National Security Action, Senior Advisor to Former US President Barack Obama, and Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama

Guest Speaker - Class of Spring 2019

Ben Rhodes is a leading voice on politics and foreign affairs with over 15 years of working experience in Washington. Prior to joining the Obama administration as a speechwriter and later as the deputy national security advisor, Rhodes worked as special assistant to Lee Hamilton at the Wilson Center, where he helped draft the Iraq Study Group report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. He co-authored, with Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean, the book Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. After the Obama presidency, he has worked as a writer and political commentator and he continues to be senior advisor to Barack Obama. In his function as co-chair of National Security Action with Jake Sullivan, they promote progressive foreign policy as an alternative to the Trump administration’s approach. In addition, he regularly contributes to networks such as NBC News and MSNBC as a political commentator and co-hosts the foreign policy podcast Pod Save the World.

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