Samuel R. Berger

Samuel R. Berger is Chair of ASG, and is actively involved across the firm’s engagements and regions, with a strong focus on Asia, Russia and Central Asia, and the Middle East. Drawing on experiences at the highest levels of government and in the private sector, Mr. Berger helps clients successfully navigate emerging economies and beyond.

Mr. Berger has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. From 1997-2001, he served as National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton.

In that capacity, Mr. Berger drove policy across a range of issues – the fight against terrorism; Iraq; advancing the peace process in the Middle East; and strengthening the U.S. relationship with India and China, among others.

Previously, he served as Deputy National Security Advisor during President Clinton’s first term; as director of national security for the 1992 Clinton-Gore Transition; and as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Governor Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign.

Prior to his service in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Berger spent 16 years in the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm’s international group.

Earlier, Mr. Berger served as special assistant to then New York City Mayor John Lindsay and as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Harold Hughes of Iowa, and to Congressman Joseph Resnick of New York. Mr. Berger also served as deputy director of the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Cyrus Vance.

Mr. Berger is an active participant the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials' Dialogue," Aspen Strategy Group and the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue and serves on the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Doha Center. He is also a member of the International Crisis Group Board of Trustees, and, the Board of Directors of World Food Program U.S., Chairman of Advisory Board of National Security Network, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Co-Chair Senior Working Group on Middle East, USIP.

Mr. Berger received his B.A. degree from Cornell University and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.