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 :

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 ( .  From 2013-2020 he was a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council ( ). 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.

Securing the periphery of the EU post-9/11

I am pleased to announce the publication on November 4, 2019 of this my fourth book, entitled “Securing the periphery of the EU post-9/11 : the Black and Mediterranean Sea axis“. This book is a collection of blogs written from 2009-2012 that I felt were relevant, timely, given the current geopolitical and geoeconomic instability and challenges we are facing today and I wanted to share them with you. Belles vacances! Enjoy your vacation! Vive la Rentrée! See you in the Fall!

The book as now available on Apple Books :

Here is the link to the introduction of the book :

For more publications by the author : 

Amazon, Ellen Wasylina’s author page :

Harmattan Publishing house, Ellen Wasylina’s author page :

Apple Books, “Sustainability in a post-globalized world” :

Brookings, “Algeria and Transatlantic Relations” :

To find her publications in a 39 libraries in 16 countries on 3 continents near you :

Interviews with Ellen Wasylina in 2018

This year of 2018 has been rich in events and Ellen Wasylina has been called on to give her analysis on transatlantic, foreign policy and key economic  and strategic issues that affect not only the United States  and France, but the world at large.

Thank you to France 24 for inviting me to both English and French-speaking channels to express my opinions on key international events on live television.

To contact Ellen Wasylina, reach out via Twitter @taga_ew or by mail : .

Here are some of the key interviews, dates and photos :


February 4 : Nuclear weapons, French and English

February 22 : Florida massacre, French and English

March 1st : Guns, French

March 13, France 24 French

April 14 : Frappes en Syrie, France24, in French

April 24 : President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the US, interview with France 24 in French and English

May 8 : Nuclear agreement , French and English

June 28 : Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki , French and English

September 1st, John McCain’s funeral, French and English

October 6th, Kavanaugh vote and nomination, French and English

October 9th, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley resigns

November 7, US Midterm elections, French and English