Conversations with History: Jennifer E. Sims


Actualizado el 7 de feb. de 2008

Writer, lecturer and consultant Dr. Jennifer Sims joins UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler to discuss government intelligence and how it has changed post 9/11. Series: “Conversations with History” [9/2002] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 6728]

Jennifer Sims Interview: Conversations with History, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

Dr. Jennifer E. Sims

Jennifer SimsDr. Sims is currently a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a freelance writer and private consultant in Washington D.C. She has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence Coordination (1994-98), and as the Department of State’s first Coordinator for Intelligence Resources and Planning (1998-2001), a position reporting directly to the Under Secretary of State for Management. Before coming to the Department of State, Dr. Sims served as Senator John Danforth’s defense and foreign policy advisor and his designee to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1990-94). During her tenure in government, Dr. Sims lectured regularly for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s training courses for mid-level and senior intelligence managers. On September 21, 1998, the Director of Central Intelligence awarded Dr. Sims with the National Intelligence Coommunity’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Dr. Sims received her BA from Oberlin College and her MA and Ph.D. in European Politics and National Security Policy from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Dr. Sims’ recent publications include Icarus Restrained, An Intellectual History of Nuclear Arms Control, 1945-1960 (Westview Press, 1990); “The Arms Control Process: The US Domestic Context” in Jeffrey A. Larsen & Gregory J. Rattray, Arms Control Toward the 21st Century, (Lynne Riener, 1996); “What is Intelligence? Information for Decision-Makers,” in Roy Godson, Ernest R. May, and Gary Schmitt, U.S. Intelligence at the Crossroads, (Brassey’s, 1995); “The Cambridge Approach Reconsidered” in Daedalus, (Winter 1991); and chapters in numerous edited volumes on arms control and intelligence. During the 1980s, while a research associate with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and L’Istituto Per Gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (Milan, Italy), she published articles on strategic defense and NATO strategy. From 1988 to 1990 she served as U.S. Coordinator for the Nuclear History Program, a multi-national research program administratively based at the University of Maryland.


Jennifer Sims visited the Berkeley campus in the spring of 2002 as a guest lecturer in the class, Issues in Foreign Policy after 911. Read the Conversations with History interview, Intelligence and National Security in a Democracy (February 2002).

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