NEW YORK, NY—The Markle Foundation today announced that James B. Steinberg, presently Deputy National Security Advisor to President Clinton, will become a Senior Advisor at the foundation in the fall. Steinberg will address the need for new, innovative strategies for global governance, national security and public policy brought about by globalization and emerging technologies, according to Markle Foundation President Zoë Baird.
As a Senior Advisor, Steinberg’s work will fall within Markle’s Policy for a Networked Society program which focuses on the shifts in global decision-making that are being brought about by emerging communications technologies and the rise of a networked society, and seeks to enhance the public voice in the consideration of new policies related to governance, the protection of democratic values, individual liberties, universal access and consumer interests.
“I am delighted that Jim Steinberg is joining Markle to pursue these important and groundbreaking issues. As our networked society unfolds around us, it is critical that issues of security, governance and power-shifts around the globe be explored in the public interest,” said Baird. “To have someone with Jim’s extraordinary level of experience in foreign policy and international affairs turn his attention to these increasingly important issues is a timely move from which we will all benefit.”
“The combination of globalization and emerging technologies are transforming both the threats and opportunities of our world. There is an urgent need for imaginative policy solutions involving both the public and private sectors to address these challenges. I am excited about joining Markle to focus on these issues which are only growing in their importance,” said Steinberg.
Since December of 1996, Steinberg has served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Clinton. He was the President’s personal representative (“sherpa”) to the 1998 and 1999 G-7/G-8 Summits in Birmingham and Cologne. At the White House, Mr. Steinberg’s responsibilities included many of the emerging issues of globalization, including encryption, high technology exports and biotechnology, infrastructure protection and cybersecurity, as well as the full range of more traditional U.S. foreign policy, international economic and national security concerns.
Before his appointment as Deputy National Security Advisor, Steinberg served in 1996 as Chief of Staff in the State Department and from 1994 to1996 as Director of the Policy Planning Staff in the State Department. From 1993 to 1994 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State.
Previously, he worked from 1989 until 1993 as a Senior Analyst in the Rand Corporation’s International Policy Department. Mr. Steinberg received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1973 and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1977. He is a member of the D.C. Bar. He has authored a number of books and articles on foreign and domestic policy.