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Morton H. Halperin
Director of the Policy Planning Staff
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Biography

Morton H. Halperin is the Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State.

Dr. Halperin served in the federal government in the Johnson and Nixon administrations and in the first Clinton administration. Most recently, from February 1994 to March 1996, he was a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy at the National Security Council. In 1993, he was a consultant to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and was nominated by the President for the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Democracy and Peacekeeping. In 1969, he was a Senior Staff member of the National Security Council staff with responsibility for National Security Planning. From July 1966 to January 1969, he worked in the Department of Defense where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense -- International Security Affairs -- responsible for political-military planning and arms control.

Dr. Halperin also has been associated with a number of think tanks, most recently as Senior Vice President of The Century Foundation/Twentieth Century Fund from July 1997 though December 1998. He was a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations from March 1996 to November 1998. From November 1992 to February 1994, Dr. Halperin was a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In 1974, he directed a project on government secrecy for the Twentieth Century Fund. From September 1969 to December 1973, Dr. Halperin was a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution.

In addition to his involvement in foreign policy issues, Dr. Halperin worked for many years for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Dr. Halperin served as Director of the Center for National Security Studies from 1975 to 1992, focusing on issues affecting both civil liberties and national security, such as the proper role of intelligence agencies and government secrecy. From 1984 to 1992, he was also the Director of the Washington Office of the ACLU, with responsibility for the ACLU's national legislative program as well as the activities of the ACLU Foundation based in the Washington Office.

From 1960 to 1966, Dr. Halperin was associated with Harvard University where he was an Assistant Professor of Government and a Research Associate of the Center for International Affairs. Dr. Halperin has taught as a visiting professor at a number of universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. He has taught courses on bureaucratic politics and foreign policy, human rights policy, arms control, and Congress and foreign policy.

Dr. Halperin has authored, coauthored and edited more than a dozen books, including Strategy and Arms Control (1961), Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (1974), Nuclear Fallacy (1987), and Self-Determination in the New World Order (1992). He has also contributed articles to a number of newspapers, magazines, and journals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Harpers, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, on subjects including national security and civil liberties, bureaucratic politics, Japan, China, military strategy, and arms control.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938, Dr. Halperin received a BA from Columbia College in 1958 and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University in 1961. He is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

A MacArthur Foundation Fellow from 1985 to 1990, Dr. Halperin is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Wilbur Cross Medal awarded by the Yale Graduate Alumni Association, the John Jay Award given by Columbia College, and the Public Service Award of the Federation of American Scientists.

Released by the Office of Policy Planning on December 16, 1998.

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