Leslie H. Gelb

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Leslie H. Gelb is the current president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gelb is associated with the Department of Defense and was director of the Pentagon Papers project (creation of the papers that were eventually leaked by Daniel Elsberg).

Gelb is also on the board of the Baker Institute for Public Policy and reportedly has ties to the intelligence community. Gelb's name has been linked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also a Commissioner with the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century / Hart-Rudman Commission and its National Security Study Group.



Gelb entered public life as an executive assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits from 1966 to 1967. From there he became the director of policy planning and arms control for internation affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense from 1967 to 1969. From 1969 to 1973 he was both a visiting professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Gelb served as assistant secretary of state for political/military affairs for the U.S. State Department from 1977 to 1979. After working as a senior associate for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1980-81,) he spent the next 12 years at The New York Times as a columnist, deputy editorial page editor, op-ed page editor, national security correspondent, and diplomatic correspondent.


Gelb has won the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism (1985) and, prior to that, the APSA Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on international relations (1981).


Published Works

Among Gelbs works are "The Irony of Vietnam: The System Worked" (co-author, 1980) and "Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy" (co-author, 1984).

Resources and articles

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  2. Leadership, United Against Nuclear Iran, accessed February 3, 2009.
  3. Advisory Board, Center for Preventive Action, accessed May 7, 2010.
  4. The Encyclopædia Britannica Editorial Board of Advisors, Encyclopedia Britannica, accessed January 29, 2008.
  5. Masthead, Democracy, accessed March 31, 2010.
  6. Directors, VisionSpring, accessed September 25, 2008.
  7. International Board of Governors, Peres Center for Peace, accessed February 19, 2010.