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Rice faces a basic choice: prioritizing management of the foreign policy process, or pushing policy in her preferred direction. She will inevitably do some of both. If she is wise, though, she will follow the Scowcroft and Donilon models and emphasize the former.
In addition to the formidable policy challenges ahead of him, the new national security adviser, Thomas Donilon, faces obstacles in shaping the policy process.
The Obama administration has promised to revamp the National Security Council, but so far it has not delivered.
In the Shadow of the Oval Office offers a timely retrospective on the role of national security adviser through 50 tumultuous years.
One of the most important figures in Obama’s administration will be his national security adviser. An examination of past advisers shows how to get the job right—or wrong.
In Running the World, David Rothkopf provides page after page of raw material on the history and workings of the National Security Council. Unfortunately, the information is not matched by much rigorous analysis.