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.

A panel discussion on US Foreign Policy

Ellen Wasylina is honored to be moderating this discussion at the Center for Diplomatic Affairs and Political Studies (DIPAM), Istanbul, Turkey.

Join us Monday, October 26, 19h30 (UTC+3) for a discussion on the upcoming US presidential election and its implication on United States’ Foreign Policy.

Our distinguished panelists for this discussion are Professor Dr. Cagri Erhan, Rector of the Altinbas University; and Dr Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Herewith the link to the event on the DIPAM website for complete information : https://en.dipam.org/mec-etkinlikler/usa-2020-election-and-implication-on-american-foreign-policy-online-panel/

Here is the beginning of Ellen Wasylina’s introductory statement :

“This election is, without a doubt, the most contentious that I have witnessed since I have been following American politics. Never before have we seen so much animosity, negativity, division in American politics, which has spilled over into every aspect of American life, dividing not only politicians but families around the dinner table.” 

To continue reading, herewith the link to her article on Linkedin :

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/j-1-final-thoughts-before-us-elections-ellen-wasylina/