|James B. Steinberg|
|16th United States Deputy Secretary of State|
January 28, 2009 – July 28, 2011
|Secretary||Hillary Rodham Clinton|
|Preceded by||John Negroponte|
|Succeeded by||William Joseph Burns|
|Born||May 7, 1953|
|Spouse(s)||Sherburne B. Abbott|
James Braidy "Jim" Steinberg (born May 7, 1953) is an American academic and political advisor, and former Deputy Secretary of State. He is currently Dean and Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Steinberg was born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated at Phillips Academy (1970), Harvard College (1973), and Yale Law School (1978). His previous positions included a senior fellowship for US Strategic Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, UK (1985–1987), and senior analyst at RAND Corporation (1989–1993). Steinberg also served as a Senior Advisor to the Markle Foundation (2000-2001) and was a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.
Steinberg served as US State Department Director of Policy Planning (1994–1996), then Deputy National Security Advisor (December 1996 – 2001) to US President Bill Clinton. He also served on the Project on National Security Reform's Guiding Coalition.
Brookings Institution Director and Lyndon B. Johnson School Dean
After serving in the Clinton administration, Steinberg was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Institution's vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies (2001–2005). Steinberg was then Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (2006–2009) until his appointment as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State on January 28, 2009, taking a leave of absence from the School for the duration of his term in office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Steinberg, along with Daniel Kurtzer and Dennis Ross, were among the principal authors of Barack Obama’s address on the Middle East to AIPAC in June 2008, which was viewed as the Democratic Party nominee’s most expansive on international affairs.
He was mentioned as being "at the top" of Obama's list of candidates for the post of National Security Advisor, but Andrea Mitchell reported on November 24, 2008 that Hillary Clinton would appoint Steinberg Deputy Secretary of State. On December 23, 2008, Steinberg himself confirmed the appointment in a letter addressed to students and faculty at the Johnson school.
As Deputy Secretary of State and principal Deputy to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Steinberg notably coined the phrase "strategic reassurance" to describe U.S.-China relations suggestive of the idea that the United States should reassure China about welcoming China's rise while China would reassure the US and its neighbors that it would not conflict with their interests.
Israel-U.S. Strategic Dialogue
Mr. Steinberg has a long documented history of berating senior Israeli officials on behalf of Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama. The routine brow beatings are too numerous to recount here. However, the events where Mr. Steinberg "summoned" Israeli Ambassador Oren to Foggy Bottom and treated him like his whipping boy are consistent with the policy of arrogance that began under President George H W Bush and his "xxck the Jews" Secy of State Baker and accelerated exponentially under the leadership of President Obama and Secretary Clinton. Mr. Steinberg has been given a number of opportunities to deal honestly with the institutional anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism within the State Department. However, rather than having the courage to stand for what is right, he, for the sake of career and the potential to be the National Security Advisor in an Obama or Hillary Clinton Administration has chosen to be the Israel basher on their behalf. Quite interestingly, when UN Ambassador Susan Rice was sent out to lie about Benghazi - her potential future as US Secretary of of State was greatly hindered - leaving her the role as National Security Advisor - a role that Mr. Steinberg had longed to fill. With his retreat to the Maxwell School and taking a low key at the end of the Obama Administration. Mr. Steinberg plans to re-engage as Secretary Clinton seeks the Presidency. A major role in the White House - such as National Security Advisor in his plans.
In October 2010, Steinberg met with Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, in Washington, D.C., where they discussed how to improve regional security and stability through boosting and growing the already strong cooperation between their two nations. During the talks, both delegates expressed their commitment to a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors and their grave concern regarding Iran’s continued non-compliance with its international obligations through pursuit of a military nuclear program.
The following spring, they met in Jerusalem where they again took advantage of the opportunity to work together to identify and strategize against the threats both countries face including the rapidly changing political situation in the Middle East and the ongoing Iranian nuclear program.
Maxwell School Deanship
In March 2011, Steinberg was named Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. On July 28, 2011, he resigned as Deputy Secretary of State and assumed his new position.
- Turning to the Pacific: U.S. Strategic Rebalancing toward Asia, coauthored by James Steinberg, Asia Policy (July 2012)
He is married to Sherburne B. Abbott, the director of the Center for Science and Practice of Sustainability at the University of Texas at Austin. They have two daughters: Jenna and Emma.
- date & year of birth according to LCNAF CIP data
- Jewish Virtual Library: "James B. Steinberg" retrieved October 26, 2013
- Mazzetti, Mark, "The New Team -- James B. Steinberg," The New York Times, November 8, 2008
- US Department of State biography for James B. Steinberg, accessed March 16, 2011[dead link]
- Obama's Mideast Experts Emphasize Talks, Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2008; Page A7
- Want a Security Post? Say Nothing., Helene Cooper, New York Times, November 6, 2008
- Morning Show Summary., Mark Halperin, The Page, November 24, 2008
- Smith, Ben (December 23, 2008). "Steinberg confirms appointment". Politico.
- Currie, Kelley (October 22, 2009). "The Doctrine of 'Strategic Reassurance'". Wall Street Journal.
- Rogin, Josh (November 6, 2009). "The end of the concept of "strategic reassurance"?". Foreign Policy.
- "Joint Statement on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue". U.S. Department of State.
- "Israel-U.S. Strategic Dialogue".
- Rogin, Josh (March 30, 2011). "Steinberg leaving State, Burns moves up". Foreign Policy.
- James Steinberg  at The American Assembly's Next Generation Project
- James B. Steinberg at US State Department
- Research and commentary at the Brookings Institution
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Works by or about James Steinberg in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- James Steinberg collected news and commentary at Al Jazeera English
- James Steinberg collected news and commentary at Bloomberg News
- James Steinberg collected news and commentary at Fox News
- James Steinberg collected news and commentary at The Jerusalem Post
- James Steinberg collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Preventive war, a useful tool (by James Steinberg/Ivo Daalder). December 4, 2005
- Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the United States in Asia (Keynote address from 2010 Asia Policy Assembly, June 17, 2010)
|Deputy National Security Advisor
|United States Deputy Secretary of State
2009 – 2011
William Joseph Burns