Former Under Secretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith Joins Georgetown Faculty as Distinguished Practitioner in National Security Policy
Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University today announced that former United States Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith (L’78) was appointed Visiting Professor and Distinguished Practitioner in National Security Policy. Beginning Fall 2006, he will teach a course on the Bush Administration’s strategy behind the war on terrorism to students in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
“I am delighted to welcome Doug Feith to our community of scholars and scholar-practitioners,” said Robert L. Gallucci, dean of the School of Foreign Service. “He brings a combination of legal, foreign and defense policy-making experience that I am confident will enrich campus discussions on a wide range of critical international issues of the day.”
In addition to his teaching commitments, Feith will conduct seminars and other educational activities for students in the School of Foreign Service and the broader University community.
“I am excited to return to Georgetown, this time as a teacher rather than a student,” Feith said. “I look forward to engaging in discussions with colleagues and students about important and often controversial issues facing the world today.”
In his role as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense, Feith helped devise the U.S. government’s strategy for the war on terrorism and contributed to policy making for the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. His responsibilities included managing the Defense Department’s international relations and representing the Department in interagency policy making. Prior to his appointment at the Department of Defense in 2001, Feith served for 15 years as managing attorney of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Feith & Zell, P.C.
From March 1984 until September 1986, Feith was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy and before that he served as Special Counsel to Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle. Feith transferred to the Pentagon from the National Security Council at the White House where he worked in the Reagan Administration from 1981-82 as a Middle East specialist. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Feith also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and he co-chairs the Belfer Center Task Force on Strategies for Combating Terrorism at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is currently writing a memoir of his Pentagon work on the war on terrorism.
He joins other distinguished Georgetown faculty who help students bridge the policy and academic world, including former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Donald McHenry, former Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewksi, and Dean of the School of Foreign Service and former Ambassador at Large Robert L. Gallucci.
About the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Founded in 1919 to educate students and prepare them for leadership roles in international affairs, the School of Foreign Service remains committed to intercultural understanding and service in the global arena, ideals held by its founder and first dean, the Rev. Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. For more information about the School of Foreign Service, visit http://www.georgetown.edu/sfs.
About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses in Washington, DC. For more information about Georgetown University, visit www.georgetown.edu.