Catherine McArdle Kelleher

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Catherine Kelleher in 2011

Catherine McArdle Kelleher (born January 19, 1939) is an American political scientist involved in national and international security policy. Currently, she is Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and College Park Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Kelleher was the Director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin from 1998 to 2001 when she was appointed Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College (2001–2006). In the 1990s she was appointed Honorarprofessor at the Free University of Berlin, and she has regularly taught at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Switzerland for over a decade.[citation needed]

Her public service career began with appointment to the National War College as a professor of military strategy in the 1980s (only the second woman professor in their history) and a series of consulting posts in Office of the Secretary of Defense, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Department of State. She has served both in the White House on the National Security Council staff (under President Jimmy Carter) and at various levels in the Department of Defense. Her most recent assignments are as the Secretary of Defense's Personal Representative and Defense Advisor to the US Mission to NATO, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia (OSD/RUE) in the Clinton Administration. She is considered an expert on international security.[1]


Kelleher is a graduate of the Girls’ Latin School in Boston, and received her A.B. and D.Litt. from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mount Holyoke later honored her with a D.Litt.[2]

She has taught at academic institutions including Columbia University, Barnard College, the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, the University of Denver, and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University. She was a Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.[citation needed]

Kelleher founded the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland, which is part of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.[3] She has also assisted at various times the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation in the development and assessment of their grant programs in international security, and their efforts to change the traditional research agenda for students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in the United States and throughout the world. She spearheaded these efforts as Chair of the Social Science Research Council's prestigious MacArthur Committee on International Peace and Security fellowships.[citation needed]

She is a member of several advisory boards, including the Arms Control Association,[4] the Geneva Centre for Security Policy,[5] SIPRI North America[3] and the Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in Geneva. She founded the now-international organization Women in International Security (WIIS).[3] She is Professor Emerita at the U.S. Naval War College.,[6] where she served in several capacities, including editor of the Naval War College Review from Spring 2003 through June 2004. She was Vice-Chair of the Committee of International Security of the National Academies of Sciences (with particular responsibility for exchanges with the Russian, Chinese, and Indian academies) for two terms, is now a two-term member of Naval Studies Board, and a member of several Academies" study panels.[citation needed] Kelleher is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA).[citation needed]

She has been decorated for her public service by both the American and German governments. Her German awards include the Gold Cross of Honor of the Bundeswehr and the Manfred Woerner award for "contributions to European security". Her American awards include the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service and the Director's Medal from the Defense Intelligence Agency.[7] Kelleher has recently been celebrated for her excellence in scholarship and public service with the Joseph Kruzel[8] and Hubert Humphrey[9] awards from the American Political Science Association. She was one of the few academics asked in 2010 to join the Carnegie Commission's European American Security Initiative (EASI)[10] and was a member of the much-lauded working group on cooperative solutions to missile defense, which Ambassador Steven Pifer called "the most detailed Track II discussion of NATO-Russia missile defense cooperation" in a report for the Brookings Institution.[11]

Kelleher is the author of more than 70 publications focused principally on European security, with special interests in Germany and Russia beyond the United States. Her book on The Politics of German Nuclear Weapons is still considered a classic source. Kelleher’s most recent book is Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament, co-edited with Judith Reppy of Cornell University. Lawrence Freedman, writing in Foreign Affairs, wrote that the “impressive group of scholars” contributing to the book move the debate on nuclear disarmament “to a more serious level.”[12] According to American physicist Richard Garwin: "This valuable book extends the important conversation on getting to zero nuclear weapons by asking hard questions about how to accommodate the desires and preferences of the global community while making progress toward that goal."[6]


  1. ^ "Tagesgespräch; Expertin Kelleher: 'Obama wird es schwer haben'". Schweizer Radio DRS. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2012."Carnegie Endowment for International Peace EASI Project". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  2. ^ "The Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown: Catherine Kelleher". Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  3. ^ a b c "Board of Directors —". 2012-05-23. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  4. ^ "About the Arms Control Association | Arms Control Association". Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  5. ^ "Geneva Centre for Security Policy - GCSP / About Us / Governance Structure / Advisory Board / Members". Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  6. ^ a b Catherine M. Kelleher and Judith Reppy. "Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament - Catherine M. Kelleher and Judith Reppy". Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  7. ^ "CISSM - People". Archived from the original on 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  8. ^ "Draft Remarks" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Kelleher Receives APSA Award; Her Research and Teaching at Brown Target 'Nuclear Zero' : The Watson Institute for International Studies". 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  10. ^ "Special Projects/Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative – EASI - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2012-05-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Catherine Kelleher,Judith Reppy (2011-09-01). "Getting to Zero: The Path to Nuclear Disarmament". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2012-06-02.

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