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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 1, 2007

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced that he has named James F. Jeffrey to be Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. Ambassador Jeffrey, a career member of the Foreign Service, previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State. His responsibilities included leading the Iran Policy Team and coordinating public diplomacy.

"While serving in important posts at the State Department, James Jeffrey has gained a critical understanding of U.S. foreign policy and our efforts to promote freedom and democracy across the globe. His expertise and experience will strengthen the National Security Council's ability to address challenges in the Global War on Terror," President Bush said.

Ambassador Jeffrey served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq from August 2005 to August 2006. Prior to this, he served as U.S. Charge d'affairs to Iraq from March 2005 to June 2005. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad from June 2004 through March 2005.

Earlier in his career, Ambassador Jeffrey served as Ambassador to Albania from October 2002 to May 2004. Other assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission in Turkey and Kuwait and Deputy Special Representative for Bosnian Implementation.

Ambassador Jeffrey received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and his master's degree from Boston University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976.

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