Samuel R. Berger

Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group

Past Research Project


Task Force Report No. 65

U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan

This Independent Task Force report assesses U.S. objectives, strategy, and policy options in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It supports a long-term partnership with Pakistan, calls for a new approach to Afghan political reform, reconciliation, and regional diplomacy, and says that a more limited U.S. mission in Afghanistan would be warranted if the present strategy does not show signs of progress. This report is also available in Italian.

See more in Afghanistan; Pakistan; Nation Building; Politics and Strategy


International Affairs And Obama's First 100 Days: Policies, Priorities And Politics

Speakers: Samuel R. Berger and Lawrence S. Eagleburger
Presider: David E. Sanger

In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cited the top priorities of the Obama administration as "existing and emerging challenges" that would not only define Barack Obama's presidency but also "shape our century." As the administration passes the hundred-day mark, join Samuel Berger and Lawrence Eagleburger for a discussion of foreign policy during President Obama's time in office thus far.

See more in Presidents and Chiefs of State; United States


HBO History Makers Series: Samuel Berger, former National Security Adviser [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speaker: Samuel R. Berger
Presider: Gideon Rose

Samuel Berger talks about his years in the Clinton administration and the foreign policy challenges that he encountered, including humanitarian intervention, the threat of terrorism, North Korea, and the Middle East peace process.

See more in United States; Defense and Security; History and Theory of International Relations

Task Force Report No. 55

In the Wake of War

This Council-sponsored, independent Task Force points out that nation-building is not just a humanitarian concern, but a critical national security priority that should be on par with war-fighting and urges the United States to equalize the importance of the two. The report argues that the United States must acknowledge that “war-fighting has two important dimensions: winning the war and winning the peace.”

See more in Conflict Prevention; Conflict Assessment; Global

Must Read

Foreign Affairs: Foreign Policy for a Democratic President

Author: Samuel R. Berger

By stressing unilateralism over cooperation, preemption over prevention, and firepower over staying power, the Bush administration has alienated the United States' natural allies and disengaged from many of the world's most pressing problems. To restore U.S. global standing—which is essential in checking the spread of lethal weapons and winning the war on terrorism—the next Democratic president must recognize the obvious: that means are as important as ends.

See more in Elections

Must Read

Foreign Affairs: A Foreign Policy for the Global Age

Author: Samuel R. Berger

Despite isolationist sentiments at home and resentment from abroad, President Clinton has preserved America's authority as the world's leader. U.S. foreign policy now follows not a single doctrine but a set of strategic objectives drawn from a clear understanding of globalization. Over the last eight years, Clinton has revitalized U.S. alliances, integrated former adversaries into international organizations, negotiated peace (even in areas of marginal security interest), fought nuclear proliferation and deadly diseases, and advanced economic integration while alleviating economic disparities. More tasks remain—from supporting new democracies to fighting international terrorism to reinventing the U.N. All this cannot be done, however, if the United States continues to underfund its foreign policy and shirk its obligations to international organizations. America should not apologize for being a "hyperpower"; it must preserve its authority as one.

See more in Elections