Distinguished Research Fellow
Leon Fuerth is the former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore.
Following eleven years as a Foreign Service Officer, Fuerth joined then-Congressman
Gore's staff as senior legislative assistant for national security, focusing
on issues of arms control and strategic stability. As the Vice President's
National Security Advisor, Fuerth served simultaneously on the Deputies'
and Principals' Committees of the National Security Council, alongside
the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the President's
own National Security Advisor. He created and managed five bi-national commissions,
and led efforts to: develop the International Space Station; to marshal international
support for sanctions against Slobodan Milosevic's regime; to raise awareness
and take action to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa; to denuclearize
former Soviet states; to win China's cooperation in protecting the environment
and reducing pollution; and to spur foreign investment in Egypt as part of the
Middle East peace process.
After retiring from government service at the conclusion of the Clinton Administration,
Professor Fuerth came to The George Washington University to serve as the J.B.
and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs from January 2001
to January 2003. He currently serves as a research professor at the Elliott
School of International Affairs.
Mr. Fuerth founded and directs the Project on Forward Engagement, which promotes
the incorporation of foresight methodology into policymaking. Funded by the
MacArthur foundation, the Project is working to encourage adaptation of Forward
Engagement concepts at senior levels in government. More information about
the Project is available at www.forwardengagement.org.
Mr. Fuerth was recently appointed to serve as a Distinguished Research Fellow
at the National Defense University, to explore concepts of Anticipatory Governance
and Actionable Foresight. In addition, Mr. Fuerth is also currently: a consultant
for SCITOR, exploring use of space-based sensors in the design of a monitorable
climate agreement; a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on
Climate, Energy and National Security; a member of the Guiding Coalition to
the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR); a consultant to The Alliance
on Climate Change; and a consultant to former vice president Al Gore.
He holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in
history from New York University, as well as a master's degree in public
administration from Harvard University.