Cast of Characters
The Foreign Policy Deputies
By Al Kamen
With the top slots at the State Department and the National Security Council apparently taken by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gen. James Jones, respectively, attention is now turning to selections for the critical deputy posts at Foggy Bottom and the NSC.
James Steinberg, now head of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and before that deputy national security adviser in the Clinton White House, is the expected pick for the State Department deputyship.
That would put Washington lawyer Tom Donilon, who had been chief of staff to former secretary of state Warren Christopher, as the leading candidate for deputy National Security Adviser. Donilon, whose ties to incoming Vice President Joe Biden go way back, would likely ensure that the veep is well-briefed on international matters.
If that's the way the dust settles, then it looks increasingly likely that Susan Rice, who served on the National Security Council and was assistant secretary of state for Africa in the Clinton days and has been a senior adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, would be the pick to be ambassador to the United Nations. A question remains as to whether that would that be a cabinet-ranked post -- sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't.
Posted at 12:21 PM ET on Nov 24, 2008
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