Appointment of David Abshire as Special Counsellor to
December 26, 1986
President today announced the appointment of Ambassador David Abshire as Special Counsellor to
the President. Ambassador Abshire will serve on
temporary assignment as the White House coordinator for the Iran inquiry. He will assume
his duties here January 5, 1987, and will continue with
some NATO duties until his successor is confirmed. In that capacity, which will
have Cabinet rank, he will head a team that will coordinate White House
activities in all aspects of the Iran matter. He will
coordinate White House responses to congressional and other requests for
information in a timely manner, working with senior members of the White House
staff, assisted by representatives from key White House staff offices.
President is pleased and grateful for Ambassador Abshire's
willingness to undertake this important special assignment and looks forward to
working with such a talented and dedicated public servant. Ambassador Abshire has served at NATO with the utmost distinction and
success. He has a well-deserved reputation as a respected and articulate
advocate of our foreign policy goals.
Abshire was appointed United States Permanent
Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on March
He has served as president of the Georgetown University Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS), which he helped found in 1962. Previously, he
served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and
of the Long-Range Planning Advisory Board for the Chief of Naval Operations.
Abshire graduated from the United States Military Academy (B.S., 1951) and Georgetown University (Ph.D., 1959). He is
married and has five children. Dr. Abshire was born April
in Chattanooga, TN.