Joseph Bosco
Asia, China, Korea, Taiwan, Law

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Joseph A. Bosco earned his A.B. degree from Harvard College, his L.L.B. degree at Harvard Law School, and his L.L.M. degree at Georgetown University, all with honors. He served in the United States Navy as a communications officer aboard the U.S.S. Hancock (CVA-19), the Seventh Fleet flagship, and subsequently as an intelligence officer in the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program in Boston and Washington.

Mr. Bosco taught a graduate seminar on U.S.-China-Taiwan relations at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He was a non-resident senior fellow in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Atlantic Council where he was a member of the international observer delegation for Taiwan’s 2000 presidential election; a
non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and a member of the U.S.-China Task Force at the Center for the National Interest. He is presently a member of the advisory board at the Global Taiwan Institute and a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies.

He served as China country director in the office of the secretary of defense where he helped manage relations with China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He participated extensively in the drafting of national strategy, policy, and related statements including the 2005 and 2006 China Military Power Reports and the Secretary’s directive to the Pacific Command enunciating U.S. policy on resumed Navy Taiwan Strait transits. In other OSD portfolios, he was involved in the discussions regarding the U.S. response to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008. He was the lead drafter of the Department’s seminal document on U.S. relations with the Muslim world and led DOD’s outreach to the Islamic community.

Following the 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Pakistan, Indonesia, and much of the region, he was involved in the U.S. military, economic, and diplomatic response and was subsequently appointed director of humanitarian and disaster relief for the Asia-Pacific.

He has spoken at numerous academic and think tank conferences on national security and foreign policy as well as in radio and television interviews. His writings have been published in The Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, St. John’s Review, Chinese Yearbook of International Law, Weekly Standard, Real Clear World, Taipei Times, Politico, National Interest, Harvard Law School National Security Journal, Asia Review, Real Clear Politics, Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, Taiwan Insight, Harvard Magazine, and The Hill.