Stanford scholar to join national security team

March 9, 2009 11:00:26 AM PDT
A Stanford University researcher and NATO expert has been named to join President Obama's national security team, and will advise the president on security issues in Europe, the university announced day.

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A Stanford University researcher and NATO expert has been named to join President Obama's national security team, and will advise the president on security issues in Europe, the university announced day.

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute's Center for International Security and Cooperation, will serve as a special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council.

She previously served as President Clinton's deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia from 1994 to 1996, and during her tenure helped develop regional security policy toward the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, according to the university.

Sherwood-Randall worked on extending NATO's Partnership for Peace program across Eurasia and the organization's cooperation with Russian on joint peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.

She received an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a doctorate in international relations at Oxford University.

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