The Horn of #Africa : Gateway to geostrategic power rivalries

In this series of interviews with Dr. Stephen Blank, our next discussion will turn to Africa, where we will discuss multipolar rivalries between the great and regional powers, for influence and access to energy, military bases, trade and strategic positioning. Dr Theodore Karasik will be joining us.

In case you could not join us, here is the link to the video replay, available until April 6 :


https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/iSzCQ1jk8uzsEXyZwSuoYkD4Zh70s183Z8N3Vge61-99zaKaktzGfkbpy0qUNOU.29J6ijAv7sIM3fkb

Here is the link to the podcast, which will be published on March 26 : https://anchor.fm/mediterranean-sustainable

Here are the speakers’ bios :

Dr. Theodore KARASIK is currently a Fellow, Russia and Middle East Affairs at the Jamestown Foundation and a Senior Advisor to Gulf State Analytics.  He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Lexington Institute, all located in Washington, D.C.   He is the co-author of “Russia in the Middle East” published in 2018.

For the past 35 years, Karasik worked for a number of US agencies involved in researching and analyzing defense acquisition, the use of military power, and religio-political issues across MENA and Eurasia including the evolution of violent extremism and financing networks. 

Dr. Karasik lived in Dubai, UAE from 2006 until 2016 where he worked on Arabian Peninsula foreign policy and security issues surrounding cultural awareness, cybersecurity, maritime security, counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, and infrastructure and national resilience. Dr. Karasik worked for a number of UAE ministries and think-tanks covering regional and homeland security issues. 

Dr. Karasik was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Dubai School of Government where he taught graduate level international relations and also an Adjunct Lecturer at University Wollongong Dubai where he taught labor and migration. Karasik was a Senior Political Scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation.  From 2002-2003, he served as Director of Research for the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy.  He is a specialist in geopolitics and geo-economics for the MENA and Eurasia regions and frequently conducts studies and assessments of future security trajectories and military requirements in addition to cultural awareness issues surrounding traditionalism and tribalism in policymaking.  

Dr. Karasik received his Ph.D in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in four fields:  Russia, Middle East, Caucasus and an outside field in cultural anthropology focusing on tribes and clans from Central Asia to East Africa.  He wrote his dissertation on military and humanitarian operations in the northern port city of Arkhangel’sk and their impact on political institutions during the Russian civil war. 

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.

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

New Podcast : Pancracio & Wasylina

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Wasylina and Professor emeritus Jean-Paul Pancracio will be starting a podcast on the theme of Transatlantic Relations.

Here is the link, where you can access the trailer and upcoming episodes : https://anchor.fm/pancracio–wasylina

Voici le premier épisode, intitulé “Second Gentleman” :

Episode 1 : Second Gentleman

This podcast will be dedicated to Transatlantic Discussions between Ellen Wasylina and Professor emeritus Jean-Paul Pancracio, who will discuss and comment on major news events of strategic interest between France, the United States and Europe. This podcast will be in French and English. Join us!

Ce podcast est une discussion entre le Professeur émérite Jean-Paul Pancracio et Ellen Wasylina, en français et en anglais, sur les événements clés des deux cotés de l’Atlantique.

The tripartite peace agreement between Azerbaijan/Armenia/Russia

Ellen Wasylina will be interviewing Neil Watson on the very strategic subject of the Tripartite Peace Treaty recently concluded on January 11, 2021 between Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. We will take an historic, regional and international view of the frozen conflict that has endured for more than three decades, the key and regional actors, the consequences of this conflict and its economic and social impact on not only the three countries but the region as a whole.

Neil Watson is an international journalist with 25 years’ experience of writing on a wide range of topics, ranging from technology and architecture to geopolitics. Since 2009 he has focused on the history, culture and politics of the South Caucasus, and particularly on Azerbaijan. Neil has also edited numerous academic books on Azerbaijani literature and culture and regularly appears on Azerbaijani and Kazakh TV.

Here is the Zoom link to watch the replay in case you could not join us on February 4, 2021 at 14h30 CET, in English (available 7 days) :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/qO3Y1t6-f3LQsF6Q1RRWsdTmX92HMd0xyK6mDETiX6xU6DKg76GBxpvh7UX8Kxyg.Tbzfqr2Wjrhv95rb

Ellen Wasylina interviews Neil Watson

Interview with Stéphanie Chaltiel

To begin the New Year, Ellen Wasylina has invited Stéphanie Chaltiel to an interview on Zoom, January 19, 2021, 17h CET.

Here is the link to the replay, available for 7 days, without a password : https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/YxEjbPocqFXvDIqWhe-GP9POlzu0N71-UQmNQNcDhLHvSIHNueVKrxXWMPlBg8feARYxOhFp0eevuuLj.y8WBSoxQ1-i_aXH0

Ellen Wasylina interviews Stéphanie Chaltiel on January 19, 2021

Here is her bio :

Stephanie Chaltiel is a French architect and interior designer working with innovative techniques and natural materials offering unique designs for each project. She began her career in Mexico and French Guyana building by hand with local dwellers houses. After working for Bernard Tschumi in New York, OMA and Zaha Hadid she started her own practice. Her award winning projects marrying cutting edge technology and raw materials (ACADIA, MIT 2017, part of the ICON Design 100 talents 2019 and Dezeen Awards Winners Highly commended mention) has been presented and exhibited worldwide. She taught at SUTD Singapore, Westminster London, AA London, Ravensbourne London, and at the architectural school of Brighton and more recently at Elisava Barcelona. She was also during 4 years an EU Marie Curie scholarship recipient when she develped the drone spray technology for sustainable architecture and refurbishments.

The website of her firm : https://www.muddarchitects.com

Interview avec le Professeur Jean-Paul PANCRACIO

Avant l’inauguration présidentielle américaine le 20 janvier et durant l’année 2021, Ellen Wasylina vous invite à sa prochaine interview avec le Professeur PANCRACIO à l’occasion de la sortie de son livre “Une histoire des Etats-Unis : aux sources de la puissance”, un premier volume sur une nation qui accède en trois siècles au statut de première puissance mondiale (1620-1920).

Le titre de la prochaine interview sera ““Le Président des Etats-Unis :  Forces et Faiblesses”

La date : Le 14 janvier 2021

Ellen Wasylina interviewe le Professeur Jean-Paul Pancracio le 14 janvier 2021.

Voici le lien du replay :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ek-EM3NV6l_3dBwKuGQTKvxsm0ol5qm6DcIK8QHgR99brNAY-vuGNz7J-TukiDq_.hH7OOOwQjEm545Jm  

Il sera accesible 7 jours, sans mot de passe.

Voici le quatrième de couverture de son livre :

“Combien se tromperaient les Européens qui oseraient dire aujourd’hui que le peuple américain n’a pas d’histoire. Ce pays si jeune à nos yeux est en réalité bien plus vieux qu’on ne le pense. De l’arrivée des Pères Pèlerins du Mayflower dans la baie de Plymouth en 1620 à 1920, les États-Unis sont passés du dénuement total de quelques dizaines de colons au statut de première puissance mondiale. Trois siècles qui ne cessent d’influer sur son présent, le rendant à la fois complexe et passionnant. Ils fourmillent d’innovations constitutionnelles, de luttes religieuses, de flux et de rejets migratoires, d’affrontements armés, de créativité, d’inventivité, d’innovations technologiques, d’amour de la démocratie et de la liberté. 

Il existe mille et une façons d’écrire l’histoire des États-Unis en fonction du type d’approche que l’on privilégie : événementielle, institutionnelle, sociologique. Aucune ne saurait toutefois prétendre à l’exhaustivité. C’est la raison pour laquelle le présent ouvrage, en ses modestes dimensions, n’a pour ambition que d’être « Une histoire des États-Unis ». Le propos est d’identifier et d’interconnecter ce qui contribue de façon majeure à comprendre le présent de ce grand et beau pays, que l’auteur a eu le privilège de traverser de part en part et auquel il voue ainsi qu’à son peuple un profond attachement.”

Jean-Paul Pancracio est agrégé des facultés de droit, professeur émérite à l’Université de Poitiers. 

Ellen WASYLINA interviewe le Professeur émérite Jean-Paul PANCRACIO le 1er décembre 2020.

Voici le lien du replay, disponible 7 jours sans mot de passe :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ZYTOIoVkyqnd8mkxcpIINdYjr-lml6t48IAue1SyIgUkg9JEz72TcJcAuY_eJxMp.63muPMPWeYblyfMO