Dr. Robert G. Joseph


Defense and Strategic Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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


Previously serving as a US Special Envoy for Nuclear Proliferation, Ambassador Robert Joseph is now a Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy where he shares his expert opinion on proliferation strategy and homeland defense. Also spending his time as a professor for DSS, he teaches on emerging strategic challenges and instruments of state power. His background in teaching is also extensive as he founded the Center for Counterproliferation Research at National Defense University.



  • 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