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Former Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff

C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2005

Samuel R. Berger (1945-2015) served as Deputy National Security Advisor from 1993-1996, and as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from 1977-1980. Berger had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his service as National Security Advisor in the Clinton Administration, Berger spent sixteen years with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm’s international group. Earlier, he served as Special Assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, Legislative Assistant to former US Senator Harold Hughes (Iowa) and to Congressman Joseph Resnick (NY). Berger was pivotal in shaping America’s role in a new global era, from building our relations with China to directing the war in Kosovo, from dealing with the Asian financial crisis to driving critical peace negotiations.


Berger received his BA from Cornell University in 1967 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 1971. Berger is the author of Dollar Harvest (1971), a book on American rural politics, and numerous articles on international affairs.

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