Stephen J. Del Rosso Joins Carnegie Corporation

Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today the appointment of Stephen J. Del Rosso, Jr., as senior program officer in the International Peace and Security Program.

The Corporation also announced a change of title from program officer to senior program officer of three longstanding staff members: Deana Arsenian in the International Peace and Security program; Gloria Primm Brown in the Education division; and Michael H. Levine, who already serves as deputy chair of the Education division.

Del Rosso will assume primary responsibility for the Corporation’s subprogram on the New Dimensions of Security, following up the work of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, which will disband at the end of calendar year 1999. That effort will involve the support of knowledge gathering and policy analysis concerning two potential sources of widespread human conflict. The first is scarcity of, and competition over, vital natural resources, especially water. The second concerns the clash of two accepted norms: the sanctity of existing borders and the right of self- determination, right now being played out in the struggle over Kosovo, Yugoslavia.

The subprogram will also foster area-specific research and analysis of the literature on two strategies used by the international community for dealing with violent conflict: post-conflict peacebuilding and the application of economic measures in preventing deadly conflict. Future grantmaking in New Dimensions of Security will be at the Corporation’s initiative only.

Del Rosso, who joined the Corporation’s staff on April 8, will work with the program chair, David C. Speedie, and two other colleagues, Deana Arsenian and Patricia M. Nicholas, in carrying out the work of the program. Among other strong qualifications, he brings to the foundation broad and deep knowledge of international relations. Most recently he was program director at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, where he was responsible for the diverse program activities of one of the country’s largest and most active international affairs forums.

The Corporation’s president, Vartan Gregorian, said, "Stephen Del Rosso is my first appointment of a program officer since I became president. We are extremely pleased to have him on staff, to help us develop the strategies for dealing with one of the most intractable problems of this and the next century, the causes and prevention of civil strife, especially that which threatens to spill over borders and engage weapons of mass destruction."

From 1991 to 1996 Del Rosso was a program officer in the Public Policy program of the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia. Between 1982 and 1991 he was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer, where he was successively vice consul in the American embassy in the Dominican Republic, political officer in the American embassy in Costa Rica; watch officer, Operations Center; staff officer, Executive Secretariat, Office of Secretary of State George P. Schultz; and director of Legislative Operations at the U.S. Department of State. In 1988 he was on detail for one year from the Department of State, serving as program coordinator, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Washington, DC.

Del Rosso has a B. A. degree in English from Tufts University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1978. He received a Diploma in International Studies from the Bologna Center of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1979, and an M. A. degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1981. Currently he is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.

His early career included news production at the Voice of America (1981), management experience in the International Affairs Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (1981-82), and principal staff assistance to a member of the British Parliament, Julian Critchley (1977).

He has published articles on defense and security issues inDaedalus magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and reports for the Pew Charitable Trusts and NDI. He is a coauthor of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations’ quadrennial report,American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy 1999.

Del Rosso is married to Joy Miller Del Rosso, an international nutrition consultant, and has two daughters, Tamara, age 13, and Stephanie, age 9.