Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council

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A FORUM ON THE ROLE OF NATIONAL
SECURITY ADVISER

Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the James A. Baker III Institute For Public Policy of Rice University

This selection provides an oral history roundtable with five former national security advis-
ers (Samuel R. Berger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Frank C. Carlucci, Robert C. McFarlane, and
Walt W. Rostow) and a top-level security aide from the Eisenhower Administration
(Andrew J. Goodpaster). It is moderated by Wolf Blitzer of CNN. Covering a wide range
of subjects related to the National Security Council and its staff, the participants offer first-
hand insights into the roles played by the NSC adviser from the 1950s to the present.

APRIL 12, 2001

SPEAKERS:

WOLF BLITZER, CNN, MODERATOR

EDWARD P. DJEREJIAN, DIRECTOR, JAMES A. BAKER III INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY, RICE UNIVERSITY

SAMUEL R. BERGER, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER UNDER PRESIDENT CARTER

FRANK C. CARLUCCI, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN

ANDREW J. GOODPASTER, FORMER STAFF SECRETARY AND ASSISTANT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY ACTIVITIES UNDER PRESIDENT EISENHOWER

ROBERT C. MCFARLANE, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER UNDER PRESIDENT REAGAN

WALT W. ROSTOW, FORMER DEPUTY SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS TO PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS TO PRESIDENT JOHNSON

LEE H. HAMILTON, DIRECTOR, WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR SCHOLARS


INTRODUCTION

DJEREJIAN Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you very much for coming to this forum on the role of the national security advisor.

I'm Ed Djerejian, the director of the Baker Institute of Rice University. And this is really a distinct pleasure for me….

…And as you can see, we have a very distinguished panel of former national security advisors….

Our moderator is a person who really does not need an introduction Wolf Blitzer, the anchor of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports….

So, please join me in welcoming Wolf Blitzer to the podium.

Reprinted from "A Forum on the Role of the National Security Advisor," Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center
for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University in Houston, Texas, held on
April 12, 2001, with permission from the Center and the Institute.

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