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James B. Steinberg

Assumed office 
January 28, 2009
President Barack Obama
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
Preceded by John Negroponte

Born 1953
Political party Democratic

James B. "Jim" Steinberg (born 1953) is an American academic and political advisor, and is currently Deputy Secretary of State. He was previously the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


He was educated at Harvard College (1973) and Yale Law School (1978). His previous positions included a senior fellowship at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1985-1987), senior analyst at RAND Corporation (1989-1993), Director of Policy Planning (1994-1996), and Deputy National Security Advisor (1997-2001). He also served on the Project on National Security Reform's Guiding Coalition. He was also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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 nominee’s most expansive on international affairs. [1]

He was mentioned as being "at the top" of Obama's list of candidates for the post of National Security Advisor[2], but Andrea Mitchell reported on November 24, 2008 that Obama would appoint Steinberg Deputy Secretary of State.[3] On December 23, 2008, Steinberg himself confirmed the appointment in a letter addressed to students and faculty at the Johnson school.[4]

As Deputy Secretary of State, 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.[5][6]


  1. ^ Obama's Mideast Experts Emphasize Talks, Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2008; Page A7
  2. ^ Want a Security Post? Say Nothing., Helene Cooper, New York Times, November 6, 2008
  3. ^ Morning Show Summary., Mark Halperin, The Page, November 24, 2008
  4. ^ [1],Ben Smith,, December 23 2008
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Preceded by
Sandy Berger
Deputy National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Stephen Hadley
Preceded by
John Negroponte
United States Deputy Secretary of State (with Jacob Lew)
2009 – Present
Succeeded by


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