The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, National Security Council, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Ben Rhodes is the voice—and a lot of the brains—of President Obama's foreign policy. The thirty-something Obama loyalist sits on the National Security Council, where he doubles as speechwriter and policy adviser. In this position he is responsible for molding the message behind the administration's actions in Libya, Afghanistan, and the rest of the world. Rhodes took an unusual path to this position. After finishing his MFA in 2002 at New York University, he turned down a job at a literary agency to move to D.C. as a Special Assistant to former Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton, retired (D-IN), at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He worked closely with Congressman Hamilton through his tenure as Vice-Chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), focusing particularly on policy recommendations and process matters. He is the author, with Hamilton and former Governor Thomas H. Kean, of "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission."

[Background adopted from the New Republic]


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