Clifford A. Kiracofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae


U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomatic History (all periods)

U.S. History (all periods)

International Politics

European History and Politics (Early Modern)

English Politics and Foreign Policy (Tudor)


UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, B.A. 1973 (Foreign Affairs), M.A. 1976 (Foreign Affairs), Ph.D.1979 (Foreign Affairs)

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, summer 1973, Intensive Portuguese

DEERFIELD ACADEMY, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1963-1967


French, Spanish, Portuguese, Basic Russian




Adjunct Professor, Department of History:

  • HI205W US Colonial to Reconstruction
  • HI206 United States Since 1877
  • HI313 US 1900-1945
  • HI314 US Since 1945
  • HI325 American Foreign Relations Since 1919
  • HI480 Independent Study: Topics in Modern European History

Adjunct Professor, Department of International Studies and Political Science:

  • PO 325 International Politics
  • PO438 Independent Study: Topics in Middle East Politics

Faculty Adviser, Department of International Studies and Political Science,  2004    

International Programs, Interim Director, April-Sept. 2004


NEW WORLD INSTITUTE, Charlottesville, VA. Senior Research Fellow. Projects on international politics and economics, national security issues. 


INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Research Associate. European political and economic affairs, NATO, Near East and African political and economic affairs, natural resource issues, energy issues, international development.  Responsibilities included policy research and analysis, report writing, editing of monographs and books. Contract research for several US government agencies, departments, military.


UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, Quantico, Virginia.  Instructor (civilian).  Taught courses on the Foreign and Domestic Policies of the USSR and China.


UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: Research Assistant to the Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for Political Economy (1975-76); Assistant to the Director, Russian and East European Area Studies Program (1976-77); Teaching Assistant, Department of Government and Foreign Affairs (1977-78).


GRU, Le Plus Secret des Services Sovietiques (Paris: Editions Stock, 1988) co-author with Pierre de Villemarest.  A history of Soviet military intelligence. 

Le Coup d'État de Markus Wolf, La Guerre des Deux Allemagnes 1945-1991 (Paris: Editions Stock, 1991) research and documentation for author Pierre de Villemarest.  A history of the East German STASI.


"Selective Engagement,” in James J, Hentz, ed., Obligation of Empire, U.S. Grand Strategy at Century’s Dawn, University Press of Kentucky, 2004. 


“Palms for the Prairie, George Wittbold, Nineteenth-Century Chicago Florist and Nurseryman,” Journal of Illinois History, Autumn 1998.

"The Communist Takeover of Mozambique," The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Volume 7, Spring/Summer 1982.

"The Communist Takeover of Angola," The Journal of Social, Political and Eonomic Studies, Volume 6, Winter 1981.

"The Soviet Network in Central America," Midstream, Volume XXVII, Number 5, May 1981.

“Nicaragua, Terrorism, and the PLO,” West Watch, IV, No. 10, December 1980

"Brazil: An Emerging Strategic Factor in the Southern Atlantic," The Journal of Social and Political Studies, Volume  5,   Number 3, Fall 1980..

"Marxist-Leninist Theory and the Third World," The Journal of Social and Political Studies, Volume 4, 3, 1979.


“Challenges to U.S. Middle East Policy,” Palestine Center, Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2003

 U.S. Middle East Policy and the Iraq Question,” National Council on US-Arab Relations, Washington, D.C., September 2002

"American Foreign Policy and the Gulf Crisis: A View from the Senate," Seminar on the Middle East Situation, NatWest Bank, London, Sept. 1991


“US Foreign Policy and the Middle East,” Lecture Tour in Morocco sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Morocco and the Bouabid Foundation (Rabat, Morocco), April 17-25, 2004

“War Against Iraq: Domestic Sources of the Policy,” Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, November 2002

"American Foreign Policy, An Introduction," Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, July 1993

"US-USSR Trade: A Foreign Policy Perspective," The National Economists Club at the Brookings Institution, July 1991

"American Foreign Policy and Mexico," Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, January 1991

"American Foreign Policy, the Soviet Union, and Poland," Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, January 1990

"American Foreign Policy and Poland," Catholic University, Lublin, Poland, December 1990

"The United States Senate and English Parliamentary Tradition," National Law University, Bangalore, India, August 1989

"American Foreign Policy and Latin America;" "American Foreign Policy, Argentina, and the Malvinas War," Universidad Católica, Faculty of Law, Buenos Aires, May 1982


Asahi TV, (Tokyo), 2003, 2004.  US Foreign Policy.  Four segments on US foreign policy issues including the Iraq War.

Le Matin, (Morocco), 2004, various interviews on US Foreign Policy


“The Darfur Crisis Could Spread Beyond Sudan,” Roanoke Times, 5 September, 2004"

 Tunisia'sModeration Benefits the United States,” Roanoke Times, 22 January, 2004

“Energy Security Equals National Security,”, 16 October 2000

“A History of Foreign Engagement,”, 25 September 2004

“Like Good Neighbors,”, 5 September 2000


How Guerillas Get Weapons,” The New York Times, 16 February 1981

“Terrorism in Nicaragua Today,” Wall Street Journal, 23 October 1980                                                                        


1987-1992  - UNITED STATES SENATE.  COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, Senior Professional Staff Member.  Geographic: Europe (including CIS) and Canada, Latin America, Near East and Subcontinent, Africa.  Functional: Diplomatic and Political Affairs, Environmental Affairs; Development, Trade, and Economic Affairs. Responsibilities included briefing and advising Senators and Staff; preparation of and participation in official meetings with foreign Heads of State, Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, diplomats; liaison with U.S. Department of State and other Federal Departments and Agencies; preparation of Committee Hearings and Investigations, legislative drafting, speechwriting, report writing, research and analysis.

1981-1986 - UNITED STATES SENATE. Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs specializing in European, Latin American, and African political and economic affairs.  Responsibilities included meetings with foreign diplomats and government officials; liaison with U.S. Department of State and other Federal Departments and Agencies; legislative drafting, speechwriting, report writing, research and analysis, press relations, constituent relations.


Extensive international field research on politics and economics in Europe (Finland, Sweden, UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia); Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina); Southern Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia); Middle East and North Africa (Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco); Central Asia (Uzbekistan); Subcontinent (Pakistan, India); South East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand).


Partner 1988-present, Jericho World Images, a stock photo archive specializing in international architectural documentation for colleges, universities, and fine arts libraries.  Clients include: University of Virginia, James Madison University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, College of William and Mary, Colgate University, Georgetown University, Texas A & M University.


The Middle East Institute, Washington, DC

Cosmos Club, Washington, DC


Governor's Fellow, University of Virginia

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Earhart Foundation 1978-1981

Travel and Research Grant, Fundaçion Paez Carrillo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) May-June 1982.