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international relations educator

William Robert Van Cleave, American International relations educator. Recipient Freedom Foundation award, 1976, Outstanding Contribution award Air War College, 1979, award teaching excellence University of Southern California, 1980, 86; named Outstanding Professor University of Southern California, 1977, Distinguished Alumnus ClaremontColls., 1978; Woodrow Wilson fellow, 1962, National Defense Education Act fellow, 1963-1965.


Cleave, William Robert Van was born on August 27, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Earl Junior and Georgiana (Offutt) Van Cleave.


Bachelor of Arts Political Science summa cum laude, California State University, Long Beach, 1962;Master of Arts in Government and International Relations, Claremont (California) Graduate School, 1964;Doctor of Philosophy, Claremont (California) Graduate School, 1966.


Political scientist Stanford University, 1964-1967. Member faculty University Southern California, 1967-1987, professor international relations, 1974-1987. Professor and department head Southwest Missouri State University, 1987—2005, professor emeritus, since 2005.

Senior research fellow Hoover Institution Stanford University, 1961-1987. Chairman Strategic Alternatives Team, 1977-1990. Acting chairman President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control, 1981-1982.

Special assistant Office Secretary Defense, member Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) delegation, 1969-1971. Director Defense and Strategic Studies Center University Southern California, 1971-1987, Center for Defense and Strategic Studies Southwestern Missouri State University, 1987-2005. Member B team on National Intelligence Estimates, 1976.

Member executive panel, board director Committee Present Danger, 1980-1993. Director transition team Department Defense, 1980-1981. Senior national security advisor to Ronald Reagan, 1979-1980.

Member national security affairs advisory council Republican National Committee, 1979-1989. Research council Foreign Policy Research Institute, Institute Foreign Policy Analysis. Co-director Annual International Security Summer Seminar, Federal Republic Germany, 1981-1998.

Trustee American committee International Institute Strategic Studies, since 1980. Visiting professor United States Army Advanced Russian Institute, Garmisch, Federal Republic Germany, 1978-1979. Chairman advisory board International Security Council, 1991-1996.

Consultant in field, member numerous government advisory committees.



Co-chairman Scholars for Reagan, 1984. Member executive council, director National Collegiate Athletic Association relations Haka Bowl, National Collegiate Athletic Association Postseason Football Bowl. With United States Marine Corps, 1953-1961.

Member International Institute Strategic Studies (United States committee, board trustees).


Children: William Robert II, Cynthia Kay.

Earl Cleave Junior

Georgiana (Offutt) Van Cleave

William Robert II Cleave

Cynthia Kay Cleave