David Bosco

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David L. Bosco is an American journalist, author and academic who writes on the subject of international relations. Currently, he is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and associate professor at Indiana University.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born and grew up in Washington, DC, where he attended St. Albans School. In 1995, Bosco received an A.B. (Bachelor of Arts), magna cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was also the associate editorial chair of The Harvard Crimson.[2] He earned an M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) in international relations from Cambridge University in 1996. In 2001, Bosco earned a J.D (Juris Doctor), magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.[1]


Bosco worked on refugee issues in post-war Bosnia. He began as a volunteer with the American Refugee Committee and then became head of its Sarajevo office. He later served as deputy director of a joint United Nations/NATO project on repatriating refugees in Sarajevo.[3] After returning to the United States and while enrolled in Harvard Law School, Bosco interned at NATO Military Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. In 2000, he served as a law clerk in the legal advisor’s office of the U.S. State Department. After graduating from law school, Bosco was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile from 2001-2002. He conducted research on criminal justice reform and published a feature article in Legal Affairs.[4] From 2002-2004 he was an attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. There, he specialized in international arbitration, litigation and antitrust law.[1] From 2004 to 2006, he was senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine.[5] He remains a contributing editor with the magazine and writes its Multilateralist Blog.

In his current position at Indiana University, Bosco teaches courses on world politics, international organization, and international law. He has also designed and taught courses on the International Criminal Court and the United Nations at American University's Washington College of Law.[1]

Major awards[edit]

  • 2008: Next Generation Fellow in the study of international organizations, American Assembly[6]
  • 2001: Fulbright Scholar[4]
  • 2001: Frederick Sheldon Prize
  • 2000: Derek Bok Teaching Prize at Harvard University


  • Rough Justice, David Bosco (Oxford University Press, 2014). ISBN 978-0199844135
  • Five to Rule Them All, (Oxford University Press, 2009). ISBN 978-0195328769

Major published articles[edit]

TV appearances and radio broadcasts[edit]

Bosco has provided commentary and analysis for CNN International, National Public Radio,[7][8][9][10] and the Voice of America.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "David Bosco". Indiana University. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ "The Harvard Crimson proudly announces the members of the 121st executive board". The Harvard Crimson. Harvard University. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  3. ^ "David Bosco". Speakers. World Affairs Council. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Mr. David Bosco". Carnegie Endowment for Global Peace. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "David Bosco". Foreign Policy. The FP Group. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  6. ^ "David L. Bosco". Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Weighing India's Chances For Security Council Seat". National Public Radio. National Public Radio. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  8. ^ "The 'Responsibility To Protect' In Syria And Beyond". National Public Radio. National Public Radio. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Keeping the U.N. Human Rights Panel". National Public Radio. National Public Radio. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  10. ^ "U.S. Underwhelmed With Emerging Powers At U.N." National Public Radio. National Public Radio. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Analyst Questions ICC's Intense Focus on Africa". Voice of America. Voice of America. Retrieved 20 December 2013.