Dr. Robert G. Joseph


Defense and Strategic Studies
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Defense and Strategic Studies
9302 Lee Hwy Suite 760
Fairfax, VA 22031



  • PhD Columbia University, Government/International Relations, 1978
  • MA University of Chicago, International Relations, 1973
  • BA Political Science, Saint Louis University, 1972


  • DSS 722 Emerging Strategic Challenges
  • DSS 725 Seminar on Instruments of State Power

Professional experience

  • National Institute for Public Policy, Senior Scholar, 2005-Present

  • U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Prior to July 2007

  • Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, 2005-2007

  • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation and Homeland Defense, National Security Council, 2001-2004 

  • National Defense University, Professor of National Security Studies and Director/Founder of the Center for Counterproliferation Research, 1994-2001

  • U.S. Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission and Ambassador to the U.S.-Russian Commission on Nuclear Testing

  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy, Nuclear Policy/Planning Officer at U.S. Mission to NATO. 


  • Countering WMD:  The Libyan Experience (National Institute Press, 2009)
  • “The Proliferation Security Initiative:  A Model  for Future International Collaboration,” Comparative  Strategy, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2009 (with Dr. Susan Koch)
  • Numerous editorials and articles in The Wall  Street Journal, Washington Post, National Review, and other publications