Angelo Codevilla

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Maria Angelo Codevilla
Born (1943-05-25) May 25, 1943 (age 75)
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 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 from Claremont Graduate School, 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[edit]

He 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 1969-1971, 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]

Pollard case[edit]

He 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, he personally wrote a letter about 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. Codevilla concludes that "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[edit]

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.
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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. 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. republished at Jonathan Pollard website

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