(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has promised to assemble a foreign policy team of the “best and brightest.”
Following is a list of people who currently advise him on international affairs:
GREG CRAIG - Craig served in the State Department under President Bill Clinton and later led the legal team defending the president against impeachment. But he became an early supporter of Obama. He is helping the Illinois senator prepare for Friday’s foreign policy debate by playing the role of Republican John McCain.
ANTHONY LAKE - Lake was Clinton’s national security adviser and advised the Democratic president during his 1992 campaign.
MARK LIPPERT - Lippert, a top aide who travels with Obama, returned last spring from a tour as a naval reservist in Iraq, where he advised the Navy SEALS on intelligence. He worked on Obama’s Senate staff for three years and was a foreign policy aide to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
DENIS MCDONOUGH - McDonough is Obama’s top foreign policy coordinator. He served as an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
BEN RHODES - A senior Obama adviser and national security speechwriter, Rhodes worked for the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group.
SUSAN RICE - Rice was assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Clinton administration.
DENNIS ROSS - Ross served as a top Middle East negotiator for President George H.W. Bush, a Republican, and Clinton, a Democrat.
JAMES STEINBERG - Steinberg was a deputy national security adviser to Clinton and was a key player for the Clinton administration at the Group of Eight meetings in 1998 and 1999. He is an outside adviser to Obama.
Reporting by Caren Bohan in Washington; Editing by Stacey Joyce