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.

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 :–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.

TAGA participates in US trade mission to #Algeria

TAGA’s CEO, Ellen Wasylina, was a member of the US delegation trade mission to Algeria.

The trade mission was organized conjointly by the US-Algeria Business Council (USABC) and the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSAAC) and their respective presidents, Dr Ismaël Chikoune and David Hamod.

Our delegation visited several different regions/wilayas and a dozen Algerian companies.

At the end of our visit, we were invited to attend the announcement of the “Maison d’Algérie” , a permanent showroom of Algerian products located in the port of Baltimore.    Here is a brief resumé of that announcement  : 

Here below is the photo gallery of selected moments of our trip.

Scenery  from Algiers to Sétif to Mostaganem to Oran

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Algerian fine cuisine and wine

Official meetings and events in Algiers and Oran