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Joanna Spear

Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Security Policy Studies Program
Suite 605
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-1088
Fax: 202-994-7761

Areas of Expertise

U.S. arms sales policies, U.S. counter-proliferation policies, and transatlantic relations


Dr. Spear is Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Elliott School's Security Policy Studies Program. She was the Founding Director of the National Security Studies Program, an executive education program serving the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Dr. Spear is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in London. Before joining GW, Dr. Spear was Director of the Graduate Research Programme and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. In addition, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution.


Ph.D., University of Southampton


More Than Guns and Bombs: The Defense Trade in the Twenty-First Century (forthcoming, Brookings Institution Press)

Security and Development in Global Politics: a Critical Comparison. ed with Paul Williams (Georgetown Univ Pr, 2012)

Carter and Arms Sales: Implementing the Carter Administration's Arms Transfer Restraint Policy (Macmillan, 1995)

Dr. Spear has written numerous articles and chapters in books on subjects such as the international defense trade, arms control, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and post-conflict reconstruction.

Classes Taught

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6173 Security and Development

PSC 6349 International Security Politics