Candidate Giuliani Names Berkowitz to Foreign Policy Team

2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has named Professor Peter Berkowitz to his foreign policy team, positioning Berkowitz as his Senior Statecraft, Human Rights and Freedom Advisor.

In addition to his duties as a professor of law at Mason Law, Berkowitz also is affiliated with the Hoover Institution as the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow. His teaching focuses on the interplay of law, ethics, and politics in modern society.

Berkowitz is the cofounder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government, has served as a senior consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Berkowitz holds law and doctoral degrees in political science from Yale University and a master's in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written widely on the topic of conservatism in America, as well as intelligence and legal issues dealing with terrorism.

Rudy Guiliani's New Foreign Policy Team, American Thinker, July 11, 2007. By Ed Lasky.

"Peter Berkowitz is, like Hill, affiliated with the Hoover Institution and also teaches at George Mason University School of Law, -both institutions highly regarded in Republican circles. Professors at George Mason School of Law have been pioneers in promoting the view that economics and the law often overlap and the government should consider economic impacts when developing and enforcing the laws. The school has become a nursery for hatching some of the most innovative (and conservative) legal theories in America.  Berkowitz has written widely on the subject of conservatism in America; he has also taken up the subject of intelligence and legal issues dealing with terrorism. 

"Giuliani has been very astute in his choices for his foreign team; they enhance his anti-terrorism and foreign-policy credentials. This is his strong suit - many on the right are able to overlook his social and cultural views because he is perceived to be a leader that will protect America. His team reflects a blend of experts: those who hail from traditional diplomatic fields (Hill); those who have military expertise (Rosen); intellectuals (Podhoretz); those how have experience dealing with Congress (Kasten); those who are concerned that our schools are not preparing our diplomats to deal with reality and who believe our diplomats should represent America (Kramer); and those whose legal experience will help America deal with opposition from those who choose to engage in Lawfare against American interests (Berkowitz). A theme runs through it: Rudy will not appease enemies.

"Giuliani seems to have a broad-spectrum approach toward the foreign policy challenges ahead. There will be a need for experts in a wide variety of fields. More importantly for the near-term, he seems to have crafted a team that will make conservatives in the Republican Party confident that his leadership is to be trusted as they pull the lever in November, 2008."

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