Peter Rodman

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Peter Rodman
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
In office
July 16, 2001 – March 2, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byFranklin D. Kramer
Succeeded byMary Beth Long
15th United States Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
March 1986 – December 1986
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byDonald Fortier
Succeeded byColin Powell
Director of Policy Planning
In office
April 9, 1984 – March 3, 1986
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byStephen W. Bosworth
Succeeded byRichard H. Solomon
Personal details
Peter Warren Rodman

November 24, 1943
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedAugust 2, 2008 (aged 64)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University (AB, JD)
Worcester College, Oxford (BA, MA)

Peter Warren Rodman (November 24, 1943 – August 2, 2008) was an American attorney, government official, author, and national security adviser.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Boston, he was educated at The Roxbury Latin School. He earned an A.B from Harvard College, a B.A. and M.A. from Worcester College, Oxford, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.


Rodman began his career in government as a staff member on the National Security Council, working from 1969 to 1977 and serving as an assistant to Henry Kissinger. From 1977 to 1983, he was a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 1984 to 1986, Rodman served as Director of Policy Planning under Ronald Reagan. He served as Reagan's Deputy National Security Advisor from 1986 to 1987. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and National Security Council Counselor.

He was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998 Project for the New American Century sent to the U.S. President Bill Clinton.[1] He worked extensively with Henry Kissinger, helping him write his memoirs.[2] He was a member of the board of trustees of Freedom House, Vice President and member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of SAIS.[3]

From 1991 to 1999, Rodman was a senior editor at National Review, a conservative magazine. He also served as the Director of National Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest, a conservative think-tank founded by Richard Nixon.

Rodman returned to government service as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration.

In March 2007, he left his position as United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs to become a Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution.[4] He was the author of More Precious Than Peace, a book on the Cold War in the Third World in which he praises the Reagan administration for warding off communism in Afghanistan, Angola, and Cambodia.

Personal life[edit]

Rodman and his wife, Veronique, had two children. Veronique was named a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors by George W. Bush, serving from 2003 to 2004.[5] Rodman died in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 2, 2008, from leukemia. He was 64.[6]


  • Development administration: Obstacles, theories and implications for planning (IIEP occasional papers) (1968)
  • More Precious Than Peace: Fighting and Winning the Cold War in the Third World (1994) ISBN 0-684-19427-9
  • Nato's role in a new European security order (The future of NATO GPIS working paper) (1995)
  • Arms Control and the U.S.-Russian Relationship (1996) 1
  • America adrift: A strategic assessment (1996)
  • Broken triangle: China, Russia, and America after 25 years (1997)
  • Between friendship and rivalry: China and America in the 21st century (1998)
  • editor of NATO at FIFTY: Perspectives on the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance (1999) ISBN 0-9670233-0-0
  • Drifting apart?: Trends in U.S.-European relations (1999)
  • Uneasy giant: The challenges to American predominance (2000)
  • Presidential Command: Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush (2009)


  1. ^ Packer, George (29 March 2009). "PNAC and Iraq". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  2. ^ Brose, Christian. "Henry Kissinger remembers Peter Rodman". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. ^ Policy, Margie Burns in Foreign; Politics (2004-05-01). "Warriors Behind the Scenes Coached the Stars On Stage". Washington Spectator. Retrieved 2020-03-03. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ "Home".
  5. ^ "Veronique Rodman". USAGM. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  6. ^ Martin, Douglas (2008-08-05). "Peter Rodman, Foreign Affairs Expert, Dies at 64". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-03.

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