Caleb Rossiter, PhD

About This Member:

Dr. Caleb Rossiter is a Washington-based professor and consultant in the area of national security policy, who for 30 years has worked in opposition to U.S. domination of developing countries through military, financial, and covert support for repressive governments. He is currently the co-director of the American Exceptionalism Media Project, a Fulbright senior specialist for academic exchanges with African countries, and an adjunct professor at American University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics and School of International Service. .He was previously an assistant professor at AU’s School of International Service, a math teacher in Washington, DC, high schools, a member of the congressional staff, the director of a pro-democracy advocacy group, and an consultant on methods to reduce civilian casualties of war to the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, which founded the Nobel Prize-winning international campaign to ban anti-personnel landmines.

From 1984 to 1990 Dr. Rossiter served as deputy director for foreign policy of the bipartisan Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus of the U.S. Congress; from 1992 to 1999 he was founder and director of Demilitarization for Democracy, a research and advocacy center. DFD also promoted the broadening of the professional arms control community to include more people of color. In both positions, he wrote research reports on U.S. military and financial support for repressive regimes and promoted legislation restricting such support, with particular emphasis on El Salvador, Nicaragua, Angola, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Rossiter was one of the founder of both the "No Arms to Dictators" Code of Conduct movement and the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Dr. Rossiter earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Policy Analysis in 1983, with a dissertation on the diplomatic and developmental uses of U.S. foreign aid in Southern Africa during Zimbabwe’s war of independence. He is the author of three books: Development versus Diplomacy: The Bureaucratic Struggle for Control of U.S. Foreign Aid in Southern Africa, 1973-1981 (1985), and The Chimes of Freedom Flashing: A Personal History of the Vietnam Anti-war Movement and the 1960s (1996), and The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America’s Global Role (2010).

Dr. Rossiter has written dozens on reports on foreign and military policy, including: Barriers to Reform: A Profile of El Salvador’s Military Leaders (1990); and Fighting Retreat: Military Political Power and Other Barriers to Africa’s Democratic Transition (1997); Commander in Chief: Contrasting Presidential Roles in the World Campaigns to Ban Chemical Weapons and Landmines (1999); and Winning in Korea without Landmines (2000). In 1998 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 31st congressional district.