Robert L. Gallucci became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on July 1, 2009. He had served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for 13 years. Previously, as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the US State Department, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief US negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994. He was also Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, and served as the Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq after the first Gulf War.
Gallucci 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. He has authored a number of publications on political-military issues, including “Neither Peace Nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Vietnam” (Johns Hopkins University Press 1975) and “Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis” with Joel S. Wit and Daniel Poneman (Brookings Press, April 2004). For “Going Critical”, he is the recipient of the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award given by the American Academy of Diplomacy for a book of distinction in the practice of diplomacy.