Monday, November 27, 2006


Senior Rice aide, Philip Zelikow resigns from post

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Philip Zelikow, one of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's closest advisers on Iraq and the Middle East, plans to resign his post, a State Department official said on Monday.

"He is going back to the University of Virginia at the beginning of the year," said the official, referring to Zelikow's former job.

Zelikow, who was counselor to Rice and had an office down the hall from the top U.S. diplomat, was involved in many of the major issues facing the United States. In addition to Iraq and the Middle East, he helped craft U.S. policy on terror detainees held without trial at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.

In September, Zelikow caused some ripples when he suggested during a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that to build a coalition for dealing with Iran, the United States needed to make progress on solving the Arab-Israeli dispute."

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