Anne-Marie Slaughter had one of the coolest jobs that met at the nexus of public policy and academia.
She was Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
There are only two other jobs that are practically as cool in my view — one is heading the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which Jessica Tuchman Mathews now does and the other is Directing the Policy Planning operation at the State Department.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is now the 26th Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State.
George Kennan was the first. Other notables have been Paul Nitze, Walt Rostow, Mitchell Reiss, James Steinberg, Richard Haass, Paul Wolfowitz, Winston Lord, Anthony Lake, Stephen Bosworth, Richard Solomon, Peter Rodman, Gregory Craig — who now serves as President Obama’s White House Counsel, David Gordon, and Dennis Ross — who is rumored to be coordinating (i.e., complaining about Iran) with the Saudis in Riyadh on the day of my big US-Saudi conference in Washington next Monday.
And participants in the forthcoming “US-Saudi Relations in a World Without Equilibrium” conference can hear her views on broad dynamics in the Middle East on the afternoon panel of the forum.
Slaughter’s most recent high profile article appeared in Foreign Affairs and is titled “America’s Edge: Power in the Networked Century.”
The conference will STREAM LIVE here at The Washington Note.
— Steve Clemons