Leon Sigmund Fuerth
(born 1939) is a former diplomat who served as national security adviser to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore
. He was succeeded in that capacity by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
in January 2001. Fuerth now directs The Project on Forward Engagement
at The George Washington University
, where he also serves as a professor of international affairs
Fuerth has a B.A.
in English and an M.A.
in History from New York University
. He earned an M.P.A.
after serving as an officer in the United States Air Force
Prior to beginning work on Capitol Hill in 1979, Fuerth spent eleven years as a foreign service officer with the State Department. His diplomatic posts included the U.S. Consulate General in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. He also worked in the office of the Counselor of the Department; the Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and in both the Bureau of Political Military Affairs and the Bureau of European Affairs in several capacities. He became a resource for strategic intelligence (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons); arms control; Soviet and Warsaw Pact affairs; and NATO.
After working for Congressman Les Aspin
as staff director of the sub-committee on covert action in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
, Fuerth spent many years working for Al Gore
in a variety of capacities. In the 1980s he worked for Congressman
Gore on issues such as arms control and stability. In 1985 Fuerth... Read More