Biographical

Joseph A. Bosco retired in 2010 from the office of the secretary of defense where his portfolios over a seven year period included strategic communications and Muslim outreach, East Asia security affairs, Iraq and Afghanistan coalition affairs, and disaster relief and humanitarian affairs, among other assignments.

He is a member of the U.S.-China task force at the Center for the National Interest, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Corea-America Studies.

Prior to his OSD service, Mr. Bosco taught graduate seminars on China-Taiwan-U.S. relations in the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and in the Continuing Education Program on the United Nations in the postwar world and international law, morality, and realpolitik.  While at Georgetown, he organized a series of conferences on U.S.-China-Taiwan issues and also was a member of the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council where he was a nonresident senior fellow.

He obtained his master of laws degree in international law at Georgetown Law Center where his honors paper focused on the international law implications of the 1995-1996 missile crisis across the Taiwan Strait.

In his earlier private practice in international law and government contracts, he was a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars and was listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Directory of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Bosco served as special assistant to the secretary of transportation under Secretary John A. Volpe and had been legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Volpe.  He previously served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice and Associate Justices at the Massachusetts Superior Court and law clerk to the Federal District Court in Massachusetts.

He earned his law degree at Harvard Law School and was the only law student in Henry Kissinger’s National Security Policy Seminar; his paper on the Vietnam War was awarded honors.

Mr. Bosco served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer in the Western Pacific.

He graduated cum laude from Harvard College where he majored in government and international relations.

His articles on national security issues have appeared in a range of publications.

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