Robert Galucci is President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, having taken office on 1 January 2009. He previously served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. State Department.
At the State Department, he specialized in nonproliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994. For the United Nations he was Senior Coordinator for nonproliferation and nuclear safety initiatives in the former Soviet Union and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq in 1991. He began working at State in 1974, in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and becoming, in 1978, a division chief in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. From 1979 to 1981, he was a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff. He then served as an office director in both the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1982-83) and in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (1983-84). In 1984, he left Washington to serve as the Deputy Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers, the Sinai peacekeeping force headquartered in Rome, Italy. Returning in 1988, he joined the faculty of the National War College where he taught until 1991. In July 1992, he became the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Brandeis University.