Aspen Strategy Group

Philip Zelikow

 Professor and Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia



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Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where he is also serving as the dean of the University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In addition to service on government advisory boards and as an elected member of a local school board, Dr. Zelikow has taken two leaves from academia to return full-time to government service. In 2003-04 he directed the 9/11 Commission. In 2005-07 he was Counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Rice. He also currently advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s program for global development and is a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. After teaching at Harvard University during the 1990s, Dr. Zelikow went to Virginia, where he has directed a research center and teaches modern world and U.S. history.   Previously, he served as a career diplomat and was posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the NSC staff for President George H.W. Bush.  Dr. Zelikow began his professional career as a trial and appellate lawyer in Texas. His books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (with Condoleezza Rice), The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis (with Ernest May), and Essence of Decision (with Graham Allison). He has recently written additional material for a 2011 edition of the 9/11 Commission report and is currently completing American Foreign Policy: An Interpretive History to be published by W.W. Norton.  He received a Ph.D. from Tufts University’s Fletcher School.  He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.