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David Abshire

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David M. Abshire is President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, President of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which he cofounded in 1962. Dr. Abshire is a 1951 graduate of West Point and was decorated during the Korean War as a company commander. He received his Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University, where for many years he served as an adjunct professor. His full-time government service includes Congressional staff (1958-1960), Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations (1970-1973), U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1983-1987), and in the Presidential Cabinet as Special Counselor to President Reagan in early 1987. Dr. Abshire is currently a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee. He is the author of several books, including Preventing World War III: A Realistic Grand Strategy and Saving the Reagan Presidency: Trust Is the Coin of the Realm and editor of Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: Seventy-Six Case Studies in Presidential Leadership.

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