Robert G. Cantelmo


I am a Ph.D. Student in Cornell University’s Department of Government. My major field of study is international relations with research interests in international security, nuclear strategy & defense policy, state motivations & decision-making, international cooperation and conflict, and alliance politics. 

I am currently a Graduate Fellow at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. I am also writing a book chapter on U.S. efforts to combat ballistic missile proliferation programs in Argentina and South Africa . This project draws on historical research and interviews to answer questions about the effectiveness of intelligence and policy collaboration in missile nonproliferation. 

Prior to Cornell, I was employed as a research assistant for the Nuclear Security Working Group, where I worked with Professor Janne E. Nolan to promote consensus on pressing nuclear security issues and bipartisan discourse about the benefits of nuclear diplomacy. I have also worked as the Associate Director of the Center for the National Interest and as an assistant program officer at the International Republican Institute, where I took part in numerous international election observation missions and political assessments around the world including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Egypt and Jordan.

I received an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science from American University’s School of Public Affairs. 

I currently live in New York with my wife Catherine and our dog George.