Angelo Codevilla

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(mariner, spook, academic)
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BornMay 25, 1943
Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
DiedSeptember 20, 2021 (Age 78)
Tracy, California, USA
Cause of death
car accident
Alma materRutgers University, University of Notre Dame, Claremont Graduate School
Member ofUnited States Committee for a Free Lebanon
InterestsStrategic Defense Initiative

Angelo Maria Codevilla was an Italian-American professor of international relations at what is now the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He was a U.S. Navy officer, a foreign service officer, and professional staff member of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate.[1]

Codevilla was a member of the neoconservative United States Committee for a Free Lebanon and a strong defender of the Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. He participated in a number of intelligence-related conferences.

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, The American Spectator and The Washington Post.[2] He has also been published in Political Science Reviewer, Intercollegiate Review, and Politica.

Education and career

Angelo Maria Codevilla was born on May 25, 1943, 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 served in the U.S. Naval Reserve 1969–1971, leaving active duty as a lieutenant, junior grade.

He graduated from Rutgers University 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 University, and was a principal on Presidential transition teams for the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1980 Codevilla was appointed to the teams preparing the presidential transition for the State Department and the CIA.[3][2][4] 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 from 1995 to 2008.

Codevilla died in a car accident in Tracy, California on September 20, 2021, at the age of 78.[5]

Pollard case

He publicly objected to the sentence of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

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 two to four 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."[6][7][8][9][10]


Events Participated in

Colloquium on Analysis and Estimates30 November 19791 December 1979Spooky 1979 Washington conference
Colloquium on Clandestine Collection30 December 198131 December 1981A spooky colloquium in Washington DC
Colloquium on Counterintelligence24 April 198026 April 1980Spooky 1980 Washington conference
Colloquium on Intelligence Requirements for the 1990s4 December 19875 December 1987Spooky 1987 conference
Colloquium on Intelligence and Policy9 November 198410 November 1984A spooky conference in November 1984
Symposium on the Role of Special Operations in US Strategy for the 1980s4 March 19835 March 1983Spooky conference attended by the US MICC
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  1. Codevilla, Angelo M. (March 2, 2009). "10. Political Warfare: Means for Achieving Political Ends". In Waller, J. Michael (ed.). Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda and Political Warfare (Revised ed.). Washington, D.C.: Institute of World Politics Press. ISBN 978-0979223648.
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  4. 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.
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