R. Berger is Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Mr. Berger served as Deputy Assistant to the President for National
Security Affairs during President Clinton's first term in office.
In that position, Mr. Berger served as chairman of the Deputies
Committee of the National Security Council, the sub-Cabinet interagency
group charged with coordination of foreign policy.
Mr. Berger served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Governor Clinton
during the 1992 Presidential campaign and Assistant Transition Director
for National Security of the 1992 Clinton-Gore Transition.
Mr. Berger has varied prior experience in government, having served
as Special Assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay;
Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Senator Harold Hughes (Iowa)
and Congressman Joseph Resnick (N.Y.); and Deputy Director of the
Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State, 1977-1980. During
his tenure at the State Department, Mr. Berger was involved in a
wide variety of international economic, security and foreign policy
Prior to his service in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Berger
practiced law with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson
(1973 - 1977, 1981 - 1992), where he was a partner and headed the
firm's international trade group.
Mr. Berger received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1967
and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1971.
Mr. Berger is the author of Dollar Harvest (1971), a book on American
rural politics, and numerous articles on international affairs.