Prior to being assigned as Deputy Executive Chairman of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) overseeing the disarmament of Iraq, Robert Gallucci had an extensive career in foreign service, working at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research as a division chief, and the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs and the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs as an office director. In 1991, Dr. Gallucci helped to draft Security Council resolution 687(1991)(S/RES/687(1991)), and subsequently, was appointed as the Deputy Executive Chairman of UNSCOM. In 1992, he joined the United States Office of the Deputy Secretary as the Senior Coordinator responsible for non-proliferation and nuclear safety initiative in the former Soviet Union. Later that year, he was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. Dr. Gallucci served as the chief United States negotiator in 1994 and also served as an Ambassador-at-Large with the Department of State.
Serving as Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Dr. Gallucci was interviewed on 3 February 1998. He discusses the creation of UNSCOM, its early inspections, and clarifies some misconceptions of the logistics and relations of that Commission.