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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 21, 1998


National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger announced today the appointment of Kenneth G. Lieberthal as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. He succeeds Sandra Kristoff.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lieberthal served as the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science and the William Davidson Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. At Michigan, Dr. Lieberthal also served as Faculty Associate of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, Faculty Associate of the William Davidson Institute, and Research Associate of the Center for Chinese Studies. He was Director of the Center for Chinese Studies from 1986 to 1989. He earlier taught at Swarthmore College from 1972 to 1983.

Dr. Lieberthal has served as a consultant for the Departments of State and Commerce, for the World Bank, the Rand Corporation, the Kettering Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, primarily on China.