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U.Va. Historian Philip Zelikow To Be Appointed To Presidentıs Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board

October 8, 2001-- President George W. Bush has announced he will appoint University of Virginia history professor Philip Zelikow, a leading international policy expert, to serve as a member of the Presidentıs Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB).

Zelikow, director of U.Va.ıs Miller Center of Public Affairs and White Burkett Miller Professor of History, will remain at the University during his service on the advisory board. The board reports directly to the president and advises him on the objectives, management and coordination of the various activities of the agencies of the intelligence community.

President Bush named former national security advisor Brent Scowcroft to chair of 15-member board. Members serve for two-year terms.

The board has the mission of assessing the quality, quantity and adequacy of intelligence collection and analysis and has the authority to review the performance of all agencies of the federal government engaged in intelligence work. The PFIAB, through its Intelligence Oversight Board, also advises the president on the legality of foreign intelligence activities.

Unique within the government, the PFIAB has traditionally provided the president with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness of the intelligence community and its planning for the future. The board was established in 1956 by President Eisenhower and was originally called the President's Board of Consultants on Foreign Intelligence Activities. It gained its current name under President Kennedy and it has served all presidents since that time except for President Carter.

From 1989 to 1991 Zelikow was director for European security affairs at the National Security Council, where he advised Scowcroft and former President George Bush, the current presidentıs father, on European issues, including the unification of Germany and the multinational coalition against Iraq. He has been director of U.Va.ıs Miller Center since 1998.

Contacts: Margaret Edwards, (434) 924-7889, Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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