Joseph Smaldone

Joseph P. Smaldone (Ph.D., Northwestern Univ., 1970) has pursued parallel government service and academic careers for more than 40 years – working, teaching, and publishing in the fields of history, foreign affairs, international security, defense policy, and arms control, with a specialization in African military and security issues.

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He retired in 2001 from the U.S. Department of State, where he was Director, Office of Export Control and Conventional Arms Nonproliferation Policy and a member of the Senior Executive Service. He received numerous outstanding achievement awards for his federal service. During the 1990s, while serving in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Dr. Smaldone directed the office that carried out ACDA’s responsibilities in preventing the proliferation of missiles and chemical and biological weapons, regulating exports of conventional arms and related dual-use technology, and promoting regional arms control. He also played a seminal role in the development of U.S. policy to combat the proliferation and illegal trafficking of small arms and light weapons. In his last State Department post he was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. policy, including international negotiations, to strengthen national and multilateral export controls on conventional weapons and sensitive dual-use technology; to prevent or restrict arms transfers to pariah states and regions of tension and conflict; and to coordinate the imposition of statutory sanctions on foreign governments that transferred lethal military equipment to countries designated by the Secretary of State as state sponsors of terrorism. Dr. Smaldone’s distinguished academic career includes teaching on the Political Science faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy (1971-73) and subsequent adjunct professorships at various Washington-area universities. Since 1979 he has taught a wide variety of courses at Georgetown, where he currently teaches graduate seminars on war, peace, Third World security and development, and family history research. He has served as Core Faculty Advisor for International Affairs, the largest curricular field in the Graduate Liberal Studies Degree Program, and he received the GU School of Continuing Studies Dean’s Service Award in 2010 and the MALS Program Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012. An internationally recognized expert in his fields of research and teaching, Prof. Smaldone has published several books and monographs, dozens of journal articles, chapters, and professional conference papers, and hundreds of book reviews. He recently served a three-year term as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Political and Military Sociology. His research interests include war and peace, the relationships among arms transfers, conflict, and arms control in Africa; the role of arms control in conflict prevention, management, and resolution; and his family’s history.