Dr. Stephen Blank
GIS Guest Expert Dr. Stephen Blank is a specialist 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 2013 he has been a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C.
Between 1989 and 2013 he was Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania. Between 1989 and 2001 he was the 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 and commentated on foreign affairs in media around the world. He has advised major corporations on investing in Russia and is a consultant for the Gerson Lehrmann Group. He has published over 1,100 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian and European military and foreign policies, including publishing or editing 15 books.
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 Air Force Base. He has also taught at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Texas, San Antonio. 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.