Nancy Soderberg

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Nancy Soderberg

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
  • Clinton Administration Foreign Policy Advisor
  • Foreign Policy Analyst for MSNBC

"With over twenty years of experience in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, Ms. Soderberg has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government and the United Nations. She has promoted democracy and conflict resolution worldwide. Ms. Soderberg achieved international recognition for her efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland; participated in a United Nations’ mission to Indonesia and East Timor; negotiated key United Nations’ resolutions regarding the Middle East and Africa; conducted shuttle diplomacy in Latin America; assisted in the development of the Administration’s policy of political and economic normalization with Vietnam; and advised the president on policies toward China, Japan, Russia, Angola, the Balkans, Haiti, as well as on a variety of conflicts in Africa.

"She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville. From 2001-2005, Ms. Soderberg ran the New York office of the International Crisis Group as Vice President. ICG, based in Brussels, is an international non-profit organization, which advocates policies to prevent and contain conflict. In that capacity, she advocated conflict prevention at the United Nations and other multilateral institutions. From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Soderberg served as Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. Her responsibilities included representing the United States at the Security Council on a wide range of current national security issues, including conflict resolution, promotion of democracy abroad, trade policy, and arms control. She represented the United States in negotiations at the Security Council, participated in missions to key conflict areas, and promoted U.S. national security policy at the United Nations and with the leadership of other nations.

"From 1993-97, Ms. Soderberg served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. She was responsible for day-to-day crisis management, briefing the President, developing U.S. national security policy at the highest levels of government, and handling issues regarding the press and Congress. Prior to serving at the White House, Ms. Soderberg served as the Foreign Policy Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 Campaign and worked as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national Democratic politics since the early 1980’s, serving in a variety of capacities in national presidential campaigns since 1984.

"Ms. Soderberg publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy. Her recent book, The Superpower Myth, analyzes the use of force and diplomacy over the last decade. She is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Fox, National Public Radio, the Lehrer News Hour, CNN Crossfire, and The Daily Show. She is currently a foreign policy analyst for MSNBC. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the board of Concern Worldwide, and an advisory board member for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the Tannenbaum Center. She is also President of the Sister Cities Program of the City of New York and has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 1984, she received a Masters of Science Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, concentrating on international economics and political risk analysis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from Vanderbilt University." [1]

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  1. Advisory Board, Center for Preventive Action, accessed May 7, 2010.
  2. Governance, Stanley Foundation, accessed December 23, 2008.