James B. Steinberg is an American academic and political advisor. He served as Deputy National Security Advisor to Bill Clinton during his second administration. Currently, Steinberg is Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.
He was educated at Harvard College and Yale Law School. His previous positions included a senior fellowship at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a position as a senior analyst at RAND Corporation. He is currently a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Steinberg along with Daniel Kurtzer and Dennis Ross are among the principal authors of Barack Obama’s address on the Middle East to AIPAC in June 2008, which was viewed as the Democratic nominee’s most expansive on international affairs. He has been mentioned as being "at the top" of Obama's list of candidates for the post of National Security Advisor.more » « less