FAO Regional Skill Sustainment Initiative

Course Dates and Locations

September, 2020 – [ONLINE] Africa Command

October, 2020 – [ONLINE] Seam Seminar Course I: Strategic Messaging

December, 2020 [ONLINE] Seam Seminar Course II: Strategic Challenges

The Team

Dr. Jo Spear is a Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of the FAO Regional Skill Sustainment Initiative. She was previously Director of the Elliott School’s Security Policy Studies Program and the Founding Director of the National Security Studies Program. Prior to joining GW, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Dr. Spear has held fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Royal United Services Institute, the Institute for Defence and Security Analyses, New Delhi and was a visiting scholar at Chatham House.

Dr. Spear has published on a variety of subjects in international security, including arms control, U.S. foreign policy making, post-conflict peace building and arms exports.  Her work can be found in Arms Control Today, Contemporary Security Policy, Security Studies, Strategic Analysis, Review of International Studies and World Politics Review.

She has two strands of current research. First, she is investigating the history of two British armament firms, Armstrongs and Vickers, their relationships with the British state and their independent foreign policies towards international customers. Second, she is beginning a reevaluation of the international responses to post-Cold War civil wars, considering the impact of scholarship on post conflict peace building and the issues that have impacted the success of those international peace building efforts.

Dr. Spear is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London. She 

sits on the editorial boards of the RUSI Journal and the National Defense University’s PRISM journal of complex operations.


PhD Southampton University (UK)


Books and Monographs:

Armstrongs and Vickers: Selling Arms at Home and Abroad, 1855-1955 Currently under review.

With Paul D. Williams, Security and Development in Global Politics: A Critical Comparison Georgetown University Press, 2012.  

Market Forces: The Political Economy of Private Military Companies, FAFO, Oslo, 2006.

The Spread of Reconnaissance Satellites and their Potential Implications for Long-Range United States National Security, for Project 2015: Strategic Vision, United States’ Joint Chiefs, 1995.

Carter and Arms Sales: Implementing the Carter Administration’s Arms Transfer Restraint Policy, Macmillan, 1995.

With Martin J. Smith, The Changing Labour Party, Routledge, 1992, Reissued in 2019.

Chapters in Edited Books:

‘United States’ Export Control Policies and Practices’ in Laurence Lustgarden (ed.), International Arms Export Control Policies, Hart Publishers 2020, in press.

‘Counterinsurgency’ in Paul D. Williams (ed.) Security Studies: An Introduction, revised Third Edition, Routledge, 2018. 

‘Organizational Survival: NATO as a Pragmatic Functionalist’ in Ian Shapiro and Adam Tooze (eds.), Basic Documents in World Politics: The NATO Charter, Yale University Press, 2018. 

‘The Militarization of United States Foreign Aid’ in Stephen Brown and Joern Graevingholt (eds.), The Securitization of Aid, Palgave Macmillan, 2015.

Miho Moon is a Program Coordinator for the FAO Regional Sustainment Initiative at the George Washington University. She is a first-year master’s degree candidate in the Asian Studies program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and a minor in Public Health.

Ms. Moon was born in Tokyo, Japan to South Korean parents and lived there until high school graduation. She then moved to the United States for further education at a university. She grew up in a unique environment where she was exposed to an intersection of two different cultures and languages. Ms. Moon has become trilingual in Japanese, Korean, and English and is interested in working towards improving and expanding the relations between the U.S. and Asia, especially Japan and South Korea.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, singing, and playing instruments. She also likes eating and always enjoys trying something new.

Caleb Darger is a Program Coordinator for the FAO Regional Sustainment Initiative at the George Washington University. He is also a master’s candidate at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs, studying Global Communication with an emphasis on East Asia.

Mr. Darger lived and studied in Taiwan for two years from 2013-2015 where he developed proficiency in Mandarin. Before moving to Washington, he worked for a publishing company coordinating production with manufacturers in China and Taiwan. He is also conversational in Spanish, having taken courses at university as well as in Mexico City. Mr. Darger has interned with the Atlantic Council, the East-West Center, and the Senate Press Gallery.

Mr. Darger graduated from Brigham Young University, where he studied history, Chinese, and Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, he published two articles in regional student scholarly journals, one on territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, and the other on the history of non-Han Chinese in pre-modern China. He enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including playing music, urban farming, woodworking, and hiking.