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Leon Fuerth is the former national security adviser to Vice President Al Gore.
In the early 1980s, Fuerth worked with then-Congressman Gore on issues of arms
control and strategic stability. When Gore was elected to the Senate in 1985,
Fuerth joined his staff as senior legislative assistant for national security.
When Gore became vice president, he appointed Fuerth to be his national security
adviser. Fuerth served on the Principals' Committee of the National Security
Council, alongside the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the
President's own national security adviser.
As the vice president's national security advisor, Fuerth created and managed
five bi-national commissions with Russia, South Africa, Egypt, Ukraine and
Kazakhstan. These commissions turned the vice president's vision of forward
engagement in America's foreign affairs into a practical reality. Among other
important initiatives, Fuerth led efforts to develop the International Space
Station with the Russians and other partners; to marshal international support
for sanctions against Slobodan Milosevic's regime, contributing to the victory
of democracy in the Balkans; to raise awareness and take action to prevent
the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa; to denuclearize former Soviet states by providing
alternative energy sources and employment opportunities for nuclear scientists;
to win China's cooperation in protecting the environment and reducing pollution;
and to spur foreign investment in Egypt, offering a positive example for other
Arab nations involved in the Middle East peace process.
Before beginning his work on Capitol Hill in 1979, Fuerth spent eleven years
as a foreign service officer, serving in such places as the U.S consulate in
Zagreb and the State Department. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and
a master's degree in history from New York University, as well as a master's
degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Mr. Fuerth's term as J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International
Affairs at the Elliott School ended in December 2002. In January 2003, he was
appointed Research Professor at the Elliott School.
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