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May 26, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Christopher A. Kojm, professor of practice of international affairs and director of the Master of International Policy and Practice degree program at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, has been appointed to be the next chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

The National Intelligence Council is the U.S. Intelligence Community's center for mid-term and long-term strategic thinking, reporting to the Director of National Intelligence and the President of the United States. The National Intelligence Council is responsible for producing national intelligence estimates, the director's most authoritative written judgments concerning national security issues.

"Chris Kojm will bring tremendous expertise across a wide range of national security issues to his new position. Even more importantly, he will bring exceptional judgment to the assessment of current and emerging policy challenges," said Michael E. Brown, dean of GW's Elliott School of International Affairs. "Although we will be very sorry to see Chris leave, it is reassuring to know that the National Intelligence Council's very important responsibilities will be in his exceedingly capable hands."

Mr. Kojm joined the Elliott School of International Affairs faculty in 2007 after serving on the Iraq Study Group under the leadership of James A. Baker, III and Lee Hamilton. He previously served as deputy director of the legislatively mandated 9/11 Commission, a bipartisan effort beginning in 2002 to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. He also previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence policy and coordination. Mr. Kojm is a graduate of Harvard University. He holds a master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he has also taught.

The Elliott School of International Affairs' Master of International Policy and Practice is a mid-career graduate program focused on the development of analytical, communications and management skills relevant to international economic, political and social policy issues.

The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world's leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

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