Slaughter to lead Rice task force

Nov. 6, 2006 5:49 p.m.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been selected to chair the U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. The group met for the first time Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice established the committee to convene external experts to provide her and the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with advice on issues related to democracy promotion in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy and foreign assistance.

Rice participated in the inaugural meeting, along with Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and USAID Administrator Randall Tobias and with Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, who serves as executive director of the group.

Other committee members include former U.S. government officials and representatives of corporations, not-for-profit nongovernmental organizations, public policy organizations and academic institutions. They were selected for their expertise and extensive experience related to foreign policy or foreign aid issues on democracy promotion.

Slaughter is an expert in international law and international relations. She writes and teaches broadly on global governance, international criminal law and American foreign policy. She is the author of "A New World Order" (Princeton University Press, 2004), in which she identifies transnational networks of government officials as an increasingly important component of global governance. A 1980 graduate of the Wilson School, she has been its dean since 2002.

Other committee members with Princeton affiliations include: Aaron Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs; and Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House, who earned her MPA from the Wilson School in 1991.