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  David M. Abshire

David Abshire is President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and Chairman of its Capital Development Committee. He was its cofounder in 1962, and served as its chief executive for many years.

David Abshire is a 1951 graduate of West Point, and later received his doctorate in history from Georgetown University, where for many years he was an adjunct professor at its school of Foreign Service.

He served as Assistant Secretary of State in the early 1970s and later as chairman of the US Board of International Broadcasting. He was a member of the Murphy Commission on the Organization of the Government, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and the President's Task Force on US Government International Broadcasting. During the transition of government in 1980, Dr. Abshire was asked by President-elect Reagan to head the National Security Group, including the State and Defense Departments, the US Information Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the Naval War College and on the Executive Panel of the Chief of Naval Operations.

From 1983-1987, he was Ambassador to NATO where he initiated a new conventional defense improvements effort so that NATO would not have to rely as heavily on nuclear weapons. For this, he was given the highest Defense Department Civilian award - its Distinguished Public Service Medal. He served in 1987 as Special Counsellor to President Reagan with Cabinet rank.

In addition to numerous journal, magazine and newspaper articles, Dr. Abshire is the author of five books: The South Rejects a Prophet, 1967; International Broadcasting: A New Dimension of Western Diplomacy, 1976; Foreign Policy Makers: President vs. Congress, 1979; Preventing World War III: A Realistic Grand Strategy, 1988. His latest book, co-authored with Brock Brower, Putting America's House in Order: The Nation as a Family, was published by Praeger in 1996.

He is contributing editor to Vietnam Legacy, 1976; D├ętente: Cold War Strategies in Transition, 1964; and The Global Economy, 1990. He has also co-edited National Security, 1963 and edited The Growing Power of Congress, 1981. He is founding editor of The Washington Quarterly.

Dr. Abshire has been decorated by six heads of government, received two honorary degrees and the West Point Distinguished Graduate Award, and is finishing a book on the Reagan Presidency during the Iran-Contra investigations.


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David Abshire is President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and Chairman of its Capital Development Committee. He was its cofounder in 1962, and served as its chief executive for many years.

David Abshire is a 1951 graduate of West Point, and later received his doctorate in history from Georgetown University, where for many years he was an adjunct professor at its school of Foreign Service . . . full bio

2001
The Art and Character of Presidential Leadership
Library: Current Issues Lectures
Speaker(s): David M. Abshire
Date: 06-25-2001
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