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Joanna Spear


Professional affiliation

Research Professor, George Washington University
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  • Peacebuilding
  • Security and Defense

Wilson Center Projects

Pandemic Diplomacy: Pharmaceutical Firms’ Independent Domestic Strategies, Foreign Policies and Negotiations with States

Full Biography

Dr. Spear Directs the Foreign Area Officer Regional Skill Sustainment Initiative at the George Washington University, where she previously directed the Security Policy Studies and National Security Studies programs. Prior to this she was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. She has held fellowships at the Belfer Center, Harvard University, at the Brookings Institution and at IDSA in New Delhi. She is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

Major Publications

  • The Business of Armaments: Armstrongs, Vickers and the International Arms Trade, 1855-1955 (Cambridge University Press, 2023)
  • Security and Development in Global Politics: A Critical Comparison, Edited with Paul D. Williams, (Georgetown University Press, 2012)
  • ‘United States’ Export Control Policies and Practices’, in Laurence Lustgarten (ed.), Law and the Arms Trade: Weapons, Blood and Rules, Hart Publishers, 2020.