Angelo Codevilla

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Maria Angelo Codevilla
Born (1943-05-25) May 25, 1943 (age 79)
Voghera (near Milan), Italy
Alma mater
School International relations theory, Western philosophy

Angelo M. Codevilla (born May 25, 1943) is professor emeritus of international relations at what is now the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He served as a U.S. Navy officer, a foreign service officer, and professional staff member of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate.[3] Codevilla's books and articles range from French and Italian politics to the thoughts of Machiavelli and Montesquieu to arms control, war, the technology of ballistic missile defenses, and a broad range of international topics. Articles by Codevilla have appeared in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, National Review, and the The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.[4] He has also been published in Political Science Reviewer, Intercollegiate Review, Politica.[1]

Education and career

He graduated from Rutgers in 1965, having studied natural sciences, languages, and politics. After receiving a Ph.D. in 1973, Codevilla began to teach political science. In 1977 he joined the U.S. Foreign Service but quickly moved to Capitol Hill, where he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He helped to conceive the technology programs that, in 1983, were relabeled the Strategic Defense Initiative. Between 1977 and 1985 he was on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was an aide to Senator Malcolm Wallop, serving on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 1977-1985. Meanwhile, he taught political philosophy at Georgetown, and was a principal on Presidential transition teams for the State Department and CIA. In 1980 Codevilla was appointed to the teams preparing the presidential transition for the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.[2][4][5] Throughout his time in government, Codevilla published on intelligence and national security and taught. In 1985 Codevilla returned to full-time academic life as a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was professor of international relations at what is now the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University 1995-2008.

Personal life

Angelo Codevilla was born in Voghera, Italy, son of Angelo (a businessman) and Serena (Almangano) Codevilla. He emigrated to the United States in 1955, and became a US citizen in 1962. He married Ann Marie Blaesser, December 31, 1966. His children are David, Peter, Michael, and two more. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve 1969-71, leaving active duty as a lieutenant, junior grade; received Joint Service Commendation Medal.[1][2][6] His retirement homes are in Wyoming and California.[7]

Humanitarian Efforts

Dr. Codevilla has publicly objected to the sentence of spy Jonathan Pollard on procedural and substantive grounds, while acknowledging his guilt of espionage. On November 5, 2013 Dr. Codevilla personally wrote a letter about Jonathan Pollard to President Obama. He stated, "Others have pointed out that Pollard is the only person ever sentenced to life imprisonment for passing information to an ally, without intent to harm America, a crime which normally carries a sentence of 2-4 years; and that this disproportionate sentence in violation of a plea agreement was based not on the indictment but on a memorandum that was never shared with the defense. This is not how American Justice is supposed to work." He continues to state that his plea like DCI James Woolsey, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and former Senator Dennis DeConcini are based on his thorough knowledge of the case. Dr. Codevilla concludes,"having been intimately acquainted with the materials that Pollard passed and with the "sources and methods" by which they were gathered, I would be willing to give expert testimony that Pollard is guilty of neither more nor less than what the indictment alleges." In an interview to the Weekly standard, Codevilla stated, "The story of the Pollard case is a blot on American justice," The life sentence, "makes you ashamed to be an American."[8][9][10][11][12]

Selected publications
Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century: by Angelo Codevilla, Free Press; 1st Edition, 1992. One of his first published books.
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (2010). The ruling class : how they corrupted America and what we can do about it (1st paperback alkali paper ed.). New York: Beaufort Books. ISBN 9780825305580. LCCN 2010033483.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (2010). A student's guide to international relations. Wilmington, Del.: ISI Books. ISBN 1935191918. LCCN 2010020118.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (2009). Advice to war presidents : a remedial course in statecraft. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 9780465004836. LCCN 2008035933.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (2009). The character of nations : how politics makes and breaks prosperity, family, and civility (Rev. ed.). New York: Basic Books. ISBN 9780465028009. LCCN 2009000660.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (September 11, 2006). Seriousness and Character: The Intellectual History of American Foreign Policy (1 ed.). Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300108507. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (2005). No victory, no peace. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0742550028. LCCN 2005011512.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M.; Seabury, Paul (2005). War : ends and means. Washington, DC: Potomac Books. ISBN 157488610X. LCCN 2005054957.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (2000). Between the Alps and a hard place : Switzerland in World War II and moral blackmail today. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 089526353X. LCCN 00040308.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (1997). The character of nations : how politics makes and breaks prosperity, family, and civility (1st ed.). New York: BasicBooks. ISBN 0465082203. LCCN 97020119.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Machiavelli, Niccolò, (1997) [1532]. Principe [The prince]. translated and edited by Angelo M. Codevilla ; commentary by William B. Allen, Hadley Arkes, Carnes Lord. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300064020. LCCN 96050047.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (1994). American security : back to basics. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. ISBN 0817955623. LCCN 94003501.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (1992). Informing statecraft : intelligence for a new century. New York: Free Press. ISBN 0029119154. LCCN 91046172.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Seabury, Paul; Codevilla, Angelo M. (1989). War : ends and means. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0465090672. LCCN 88047897.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (1988). While others build : the commonsense approach to the Strategic Defense Initiative. New York: Free Press. ISBN 0029056713. LCCN 87035661.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (1988). The cure that may kill : unintended consequences of the INF Treaty. London: Alliance for the Institute for European Defence & Strategic Studies. ISBN 0907967930. LCCN 90108095.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Wallop, Malcolm; Codevilla, Angelo M. (1987). The arms control delusion. San Francisco, Calif.: ICS Press. ISBN 091761691X. LCCN 87022562.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Codevilla, Angelo M. (1974). Modern France. LaSalle, Illinois: Open Court. ISBN 0875481507. LCCN 74000056.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "James Madison Program". Princeton University. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Codevilla, Angelo M. (March 2, 2009). "10. Political Warfare: Means for Achieving Political Ends". In Waller, J. Michael (ed.). Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda and Political Warfare (Revised ed.). Washington, D.C.: Institute of World Politics Press. ISBN 978-0979223648. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Contributor Biography". Hoover Press. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Rosen, Stephen (July 1, 1988). "While Others Build: The Common-Sense Approach to the Strategic Defense Initiative, by Angelo Codevilla (Anti-Missile Defense)". Commentary.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Book review of While Others Build: The Common-sense Approach to the Strategic Defense Initiative.
  6. "Miss Anne Marie Blaesser Married to Angelo Codevilla". The New York Times. January 1, 1967. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Weinstein, Jamie (September 12, 2010). "10 questions with 'The Ruling Class' author Angelo M. Codevilla". Daily Caller. Retrieved 2014-07-05. ...private life in the real world of raising a family in rural Wyoming and California.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  11. Phelan, Wesley (January 11, 1999). "The True Motives Behind the Sentencing of Jonathan Pollard - An Interview with Angelo Codevilla - Special Feature". The Washington Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> republished July 17, 2000 at Jonathan Pollard website
  12. Codevilla, Angelo; Cotler, Irwin; Dershowitz, Alan; Lasson, Kenneth (January 2, 1999). "The True Motives Behind the Sentencing of Jonathan Pollard - An Interview with Angelo Codevilla - Special Feature". The Washington Post. p. A19. Retrieved 2014-07-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> republished at Jonathan Pollard website

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