Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Eric Fleisher
FLEISHER: Well, we were doing a whole revision of the cone system. My job was to standardize the political officer position in the Department at the posts throughout the world. We did a report, which never went anywhere. But it was interesting doing it. And I am sorry that I never served in Personnel before because I learned a lot. It really was more a learning experience than what I contributed there. I don't think what I did amounted to very much.
Q: Well, I had four years there and I know what you mean. I thineverybody should have a tour there.
FLEISHER: Absolutely. Everybody should have a tour. Everybody should have a tour in consular work and in administration, as well as serving in his or her area of specialization..
Q: You were not long in Personnel I take it.
FLEISHER: No. I went to INR.
Q: You went to INR then?
FLEISHER: Yes. That was my last assignment.
Q: Well, when did you go to work for Pat Derian?
FLEISHER: That was when I was at INR. I was her special assistant for intelligence. I had a small office which included a number of cats and dogs that the Department didn't know where to put. It was called Global Issues. We had north-south issues, human rights, terrorism and counterterrorism.
Q: In those days, we didn't know where to put them but now they'rbig offices in themselves.
FLEISHER: So that's what I did. I was special assistant fointelligence to Pat Derian.
Q: Did you sit near her or over in INR?