Angelo Codevilla

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Maria Angelo Codevilla
Born (1943-05-25) May 25, 1943 (age 71)
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 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[edit]

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 Boston University 1995-2008.

Personal life[edit]

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]


Dr. Codevilla has publicly objected to the sentence of spy Jonathan Pollard on procedural and substantive grounds, while acknowledging his guilt of espionage.[8][9]

Selected publications[edit]

Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century: by Angelo Codevilla, Free Press; 1st Edition, 1992. One of his first published books.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Maria Angelo Codevilla". Contemporary Authors Online. Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale. April 23, 2009. GALE|H1000019089. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b c "James Madison Program". Princeton University. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  3. ^ Codevilla, Angelo M. (March 2, 2009). "10. Political Warfare: Means for Achieving Political Ends". In Waller, J. Michael. 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. 
  4. ^ a b "Contributor Biography". Hoover Press. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  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.  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. 
  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." 
  8. ^ 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.  republished July 17, 2000 at Jonathan Pollard website
  9. ^ 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.  republished at Jonathan Pollard website

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