Dr. Paul J. Angelo
Dr. Paul J. Angelo
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05 Mar 2024

Paul J. Angelo, PhD, assumed his position as Director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies on June 21, 2022, following his selection by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His previous work at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) included roles as Fellow for Latin America studies and as an International Affairs Fellow. There he focused on US-Latin American relations, transnational crime, security assistance, and immigration.

During his tenure as an International Affairs Fellow, he also represented the US Department of State at the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he managed the ambassador's security and justice portfolio.

His previous service in the Navy included tours in a United Kingdom-based NATO position, on board a destroyer deployed to the Asia-Pacific region, and as an instructor at the US Naval Academy, where he taught Spanish and Latin American politics courses. During his naval career, Angelo deployed to Colombia on three occasions over the course of more than a decade.

He was directly responsible for the planning of inter-agency missions focused on improving local governance, rule of law, and security in support of Plan Colombia.

In 2022, President Biden appointed Angelo to the US Naval Academy Board of Visitors in Annapolis, Maryland. He continues to serve as a Commander in the US Navy Reserve. Angelo's written commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Miami Herald. He is also the author of From Peril to Partnership: US Security Assistance and the Bid to Stabilize Colombia and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2024).

Angelo holds a BS in political science (with honors) from the US Naval Academy, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, an MPhil in Latin American studies (with distinction) from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a PhD in politics from University College London. In 2022, the Guatemalan government awarded Angelo the "Monja Blanca" (White Nun Orchid) medal (second class) for meritorious service in support of the Guatemalan people.


Angelo, Paul. From Peril to Partnership: US Security Assistance and the Bid to Stabilize Colombia and Mexico. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024.

Angelo, Paul J. "A 'Plan Ecuador' Is Needed: US Assistance Should Draw Lessons from the Past" War on the Rocks, February 5, 2024.

Angelo, Paul and Max Nathanson. "The Role of the Armed Forces in Combating Food Insecurity: A View from Latin America and the Caribbean." IDN Brief, Insituto de Defesa Nacional de Portugal (January 2024): 12-14.

Angelo, Paul. "Climate Change and Regional Instability in Central America." Council on Foreign Relations Discussion Paper. Washington, DC: Council on Foreign Relations. September 2022.