Ambassador Robert Joseph

DSS 722, DSS 725

Professional Experience

Missouri State University, Professor, 2005-Present

  • DSS 722: Emerging Strategic Challenges;
  • DSS 725: Instruments of State Power

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

  • Reported directly to the Secretary of State as the principal State Department officer for non-and  counterproliferation matters, arms control, arms transfers, regional security  and defense relations, and security assistance;
  • Management responsibilities included oversight of three major bureaus headed by Assistant Secretaries of State: International Security and Nonproliferation; Political and Military Affairs; and Verification, Compliance and Implementation.

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

  • Responsible, under the supervision of the National Security Advisor, for developing and coordinating U.S. policies and strategies for preventing, deterring and defending against threats to the United States from weapons of mass destruction. Major areas of responsibility included:
  • Formulation and implementation of national security strategies to counter proliferation threats;
  • Formulation of U.S. policy on strategic missile defense;
  • Design and promotion of international initiatives on counterproliferation, including launching the Proliferation Security Initiative and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism;
  • Development and deployment of counterproliferation capabilities, both biological defenses and ballistic missile defenses, and;
  • Expansion of U.S. nonproliferation assistance programs and establishment of the Global Partnership within the G-8.

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

Additional Career Experiences

  • 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.

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University, Government/International Relations, 1978; M.A., University of Chicago, International Relations, 1973; B.A., Political Science, Saint  Louis University, 1972.