Samuel R. Berger

National Security Advisor

Samuel Berger - Chair of Albright Stonebridge GroupSamuel R. Berger is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.

From 1997-2001, Mr. Berger served as National Security Advisor to President Clinton. In that capacity, he drove policy across a range of issues — from the fight against terrorism to dealing with Iraq, from advancing the peace process in the Middle East to building our relations with India and China.

Mr. Berger served as Deputy National Security Advisor during President Clinton’s first term, as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Governor Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign, and as director of national security for the 1992 Clinton-Gore Transition.

Mr. Berger has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his service in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Berger spent 16 years in the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm’s international group. Earlier, Mr. Berger served as special assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, legislative assistant to former United States Senator Harold Hughes of Iowa and to Congressman Joseph Resnick of New York. Mr. Berger also served as deputy director of the policy planning staff, United States Department of State under Secretary Cyrus Vance from 1977 to 1980.

Mr. Berger is co-chairing two projects related to international security. One on the Middle East Peace Process with the United States Institute of Peace and a Task Force on Pakistan and Afghanistan with the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Berger is an active participant in the Aspen Institute’s U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue and he also serves on the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Doha Center.

Mr. Berger received his B.A. degree from Cornell University, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.