Commanding the Seas on the Silk Road : China’s Mahanist strategy in the Indian Ocean

In the series of interviews with Dr. Stephen Blank, Ellen Wasylina moderated a discussion on ZOOM on March 5, 2021, at 10 am EST/16h CET. Dr Richard Weitz of the Hudson Institute will be joining us for this timely discussion.

Here is the link for the replay, available until March 26, without a password :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-FFZpVG_FnzbNHSmk73Md4H03pYMBj0RbXzaSrHiKXA5jaZaTIoLSaFYDhsLPy2_.TD5A_8uN-9J7Kx7T

Here is the link to the podcast :

Here are the speakers’ bios :

Dr. Richard WEITZ is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Before joining Hudson in 2005, Dr. Weitz worked for several other academic and professional research institutions and the U.S. Department of Defense, where he received an Award for Excellence from Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Stephen BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council.

Preserving the #Arctic : Our Last Frontier

Ellen Wasylina moderated a discussion in the series of interviews scheduled with Dr. Stephen Blank. This time Dr. Katarzyna Zysk joined the discussion on this very important topic.

The subject of this discussion was “Preserving the Arctic : Our Last Frontier” and took place on February 23, 16h CET/10h EST. Here is the link to the replay, available until March 16 :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/cw08VXPjCFmzLYPrFjBF–mQ2sOj1orc3AMj3hHiI_l6T-juyxKFN7c3c2BdFYfO.X-i8PlrMxFoJLh9J

Here are the speakers’ bios :

Dr Katarzyna ZYSK is Professor of International Relations and Contemporary History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), which is a part of the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) in Oslo. She has been at the IFS since 2007. Currently, she serves as Deputy Director (since 2017) and Head of the Cetnre for Security, and was Director of Research at the IFS (2017–19). Prof. Zysk was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation/Stanford University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre/ University of Oxford (2016–17). She is a member of the Hoover Institution’s Arctic Security Initiative and was a Research Fellow at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies/Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College, where she also cooperated closely with the War Gaming Department. In 2016, she was Acting Dean of the NDUC, where she also teaches regularly.

Following her PhD on NATO enlargement (2006), Prof. Zysk’s research has focused on security, defence and strategic studies, in particular Russia’s military strategy, warfare, the Russian Navy, geopolitics and maritime security in the Arctic, as well as military change and defence innovation. Her published research has appeared in SAIS Review of International AffairsBulletin of the Atomic ScientistsJournal of Strategic Studies, Asia PolicyRUSI JournalPolitique EtrangèreInternational RelationsJane’s Navy International, and others, including in books published by Cambridge and Oxford University Presses. 

More details: https://www.forsvaret.no/en/research/staff/zysk-katarzyna

Dr. Stephen BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (http://www.fpri.org) .  From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council (https://www.afpc.org ). From 1989-2013 he was a Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Blank has been Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989.  In 1998-2001 he was Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.  

Dr. Blank has consulted for the CIA, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the USA and abroad In Florence, Prague, and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the United States and abroad.  He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published over 1300 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, including publishing or editing 15 books, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia for business, government, and professional think tanks here and abroad on these issues.  He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, Deutsche Welle, CNBC Asia, and is a regular guest on VOA.

Prior to his appointment at the Army War College in 1989 Dr. Blank was Associate Professor for Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education of Air University at Maxwell AFB.  He also held the position of 1980-86: Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1980-86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian history, University of California, Riverside, 1979-80.  

Dr. Blank’s M.A. and Ph.D. are in Russian History from the University of Chicago. His B.A is in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

New Podcasts

Ellen Wasylina is pleased to announce that she is the producer and host of two new podcasts :

  1. Pancracio & Wasylina : Transatlantic Discussions . With Professor emeritus Jean-Paul Pancracio, we have started a podcast on transatlantic discussions in English and French, following our conferences on line. Anchor.fm is our home base, but we are being distributed on 7 platforms, notably Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and so many more.

Here is the link to our homepage : https://anchor.fm/pancracio–wasylina

All our video conferences with the Professor Pancracio will be uploaded and distributed as a podcast 7-10 days following our conference. So if you missed it, you can listen to it in podcast form!

2. Mediterranean Sustainability Partners . This is a new podcast also hosted on Anchor.fm for other subjects, such as Sustainability , Green Economy and other strategic issues affecting countries in and around the Mediterranean bassin. These podcasts will be in French and English.

Here is the link to our homepage : https://anchor.fm/mediterranean-sustainable

If you missed our conferences , you will find them on this channel in the form of a podcast. Enjoy!

Interview with Dr. Stephen Blank

Ellen Wasylina was pleased to interview Dr. Stephen Blank on February 17, 16h CET/10h EST.

We discussed “Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda and challenges”.

Here is the link to watch the replay, available 14 days without a password :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ojVN2Elft1-w2YUd_PTXt23f03GDbbuPvq05lf6Un5Jp-OXs5KpWMVCB0NiQ2exO.AP9KX1SCc4PftqmF

Here is the link to the podcast, available on 7 platforms :

Here is Dr. Blank’s biography :

STEPHEN BLANK is an internationally recognized expert on Russian foreign and defense policies and international relations across the former Soviet Union.  He is also a leading expert on European and Asian security, including energy issues.  Since 2020 he has been a Senior Expert for Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (http://www.fpri.org) .  From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council (https://www.afpc.org ). From 1989-2013 he was a Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Blank has been Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute since 1989.  In 1998-2001 he was Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research at the War College.  

Dr. Blank has consulted for the CIA, major think tanks and foundations, chaired major international conferences in the USA and abroad In Florence, Prague, and London, and has been a commentator on foreign affairs in the media in the United States and abroad.  He has also advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published over 1300 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, including publishing or editing 15 books, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia for business, government, and professional think tanks here and abroad on these issues.  He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, Deutsche Welle, CNBC Asia, and is a regular guest on VOA.

Prior to his appointment at the Army War College in 1989 Dr. Blank was Associate Professor for Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education of Air University at Maxwell AFB.  He also held the position of 1980-86: Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1980-86, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian history, University of California, Riverside, 1979-80.  

Dr. Blank’s M.A. and Ph.D. are in Russian History from the University of Chicago. His B.A is in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Interview with Julia Lagahuzère

Ellen Wasylin interviewed la Femme de Culture 2020, Julia Lagahuzère, on February 11, 2021 at 11h CET. The title of our discussion was : “How Circular Culture will change the World”.

Presently Co-founder and Director General of Opera for Peace, Julia was previously Deputy Casting Director of Opéra National de Paris in the two theatres of Opéra de Bastille and Palais Garnier. She is currently artistic consultant to the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway. Julia has a passion for finding and helping to nurture young talent, and established a concert series in order to strengthen relations between the QSMIC and the top international young artist programs; notably in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Opera, Scottish Opera and Opéra de Limoges. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Sussex University, a musicology scholarship recipient at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Masters degree in Opera and Visual Performing Arts from King’s College London, in collaboration with the BBC Proms.

Here is the link to watch the replay, which will be available until February 28, without a password :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/g0M8lSFjHNOPp9PafdRXJwME3eibzMA6ZuDzKPXDtjRg45tmEaYv12ZG_Ka31DM8.t8Z2DvFR2pELElIt

Here is the link to the interview in podcast format on Anchor, also available on 6 other platforms, such as Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google podcast and many others :

Here is the link to the website of Opera of Peace : https://operaforpeace.org