James B. Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, will join the campus to speak as part of the Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights. His talk, “Humanitarian Intervention, Genocide and U.S. National Security Strategy — from Theory to Practice,” will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Vandervort Room.
In addition to serving as dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs , Steinberg is a professor of social science, international affairs, and law at Syracuse University. Prior to becoming dean in 2011, he was deputy secretary of state, serving as the principal deputy to Secretary Hillary Clinton. From 2005-2008, Steinberg was dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; previously he was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he supervised a wide-ranging research program on U.S. foreign policy. Steinberg served as deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2000. During that period he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 Summits.
Prior to becoming deputy national security adviser, Steinberg served as director of the State Department’s policy planning staff and as deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Previously, Steinberg was Senator Edward Kennedy’s principal aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee and minority counsel, U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.
Steinberg’s most recent book is “Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power” (2008) with Kurt Campbell. Steinberg received a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School.