January 6, 2005


Zoellick to Be Appointed Deputy Secretary of State (Robin Wright, January 6, 2005, Washington Post)

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice intends to appoint U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick as her deputy when she takes over the State Department after confirmation hearings later this month, according to administration and congressional sources.

Zoellick, who served at the State Department as undersecretary for economic affairs and as counselor for former secretary of state James Baker III, has steered U.S. economic policy around the world during the past four years. Known as a master strategist, he has worked closely with Rice during both the current and former Bush administrations.

"He already knows the building and is widely respected in Washington and on the international stage for his strong intellect," said an administration official familiar with staff plans. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the appointment has not yet been announced. Both Rice and Zoellick are known as "hard chargers and perfectionists," he added. [...]

Others widely expected to win top positions in the new State Department team are NATO ambassador Nicholas Burns, who worked with Rice at the National Security Council during the first Bush administration, and Philip Zelikow, director of the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs and co-author with Rice of "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed." Zelikow was also staff director for the 9/11 commission report. Both men are personal friends with whom Rice often has working dinners.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2005 7:01 PM
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