Obama Adviser Steinberg Says He'll Assist Clinton at State
By Michael Abramowitz
James B. Steinberg, a veteran Democratic foreign policy thinker and top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, told colleagues tonight that he expects to be nominated tomorrow as deputy secretary of state.
In a letter to students and faculty at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, where he serves as dean, Steinberg said if confirmed, "it will be a great privilege to serve with President Obama, Secretary of State-designate Clinton and the entire national security team at this time of great challenge but also of great opportunity for the United States and the world."
Steinberg's long-anticipated nomination would represent the first concrete step by Obama and Clinton to begin filling in the senior positions at State. Since her nomination last month, Clinton has been busy interviewing potential job candidates and thinking about how to structure the department when she takes over early next year. She has also met with senior officials in the Bush administration to discuss key problems she will inherit, such as the efforts by Iran and North Korea to develop nuclear weapons programs.
Steinberg served in Clinton's husband's administration, in various positions at State and then as deputy national security adviser. He has been a key foreign policy adviser to Obama during the general election campaign and during the transition. He is the author of numerous books and articles about foreign policy, including most recently a treatise on the problems that can confront a new administration in its first few months.
December 22, 2008; 11:54 PM ET
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