Prof. Joanna Spear

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Jo Spear
Jo Spear

Dr. Spear is Director of the Elliott School’s FAO Regional Sustainment Initiative for the U.S. Department of Defense, and a Research Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University. She previously directed the Elliott School’s Security Policy Studies MA Program, was the Founding Director of the National Security Studies Program, an executive education program for the Department of Defense, led the United States Foreign Policy Institute, and ran an executive education program for the National Security Agency.

Dr. Spear was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. She has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC), and a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Defence and Security Analyses (New Delhi).  Since 2013 Dr. Spear has been a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, London.

Dr. Spear sits on the Boards of PRISM and the RUSI Journal. She is the co-editor, with Dr. Paul Williams, of Security and Development in Global Politics: a Critical Comparison (Georgetown University Press, 2012).  She is the author of Carter and Arms Sales: Implementing the Carter Administration’s Arms Transfer Restraint Policy (Macmillan, 1995) and is currently finishing a book entitled The Domestic Strategies and Foreign Policies of British Armament Firms: Armstrongs and Vickers 1855 to 1955.

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