Landon series to host former security advisor

By The Mercury

Thomas Donilon, former national security advisor to President Barack Obama, will present the second Landon Lecture of the year Tuesday morning.

The lecture is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at McCain Auditorium.

Donilon held the national security advisor position from October 2010 to June 2013. Prior to that, he served as deputy national security advisor from January 2009.

As national security advisor, Donilon oversaw the National Security Council staff, chaired the cabinet-level National Security Council Principals Committee, briefed President Obama daily on national security issues, and was responsible for overseeing the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence and military efforts.

Donilon was involved with the administration’s counterterrorism strategy, including the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

He helped design and implement the Asia Rebalance Strategy, helped shape decisions about the Arab Spring, helped manage relations with Pakistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Russia, and was involved in United States’ Iran strategy.

Donilon also worked under President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton.

His first position in the White House was in 1977, working with Carter.

Donilon was assistant secretary of state and chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State during the Clinton administration.

During that time, he was responsible for the development of and practice of the department’s policy initiatives, including the NATO expansion, the Dayton Peace Accords and the Middle East Peace process.

Currently, Donilon is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a nonresident senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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