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Stephen J. Blank, Ph.D.

Stephen J. Blank, Ph.D.

Speaker, Consultant, Writer | International Relations, Foreign Policy, Defense Strategy | Russia, Europe, Asia

Washington DC-Baltimore Area

I found my passion very early in life. As a child, I was fascinated with military strategy and international relations. I mustered and deployed hundreds of toy soldiers. I played game after game of Risk and Summit. I read all of the history books I could get my hands on, absorbing information about the confrontations of the past and, in time, applying their lessons to the world around me.

Today, I am an internationally recognized authority on Russian foreign policy matters with over 1200 published articles, fifteen books, and twenty-plus years as a call-first consultant to media worldwide, private firms, think tanks and the Congressional and Executive branches of the United States government. My expertise spans and incorporates the Russian, Soviet and post-Communist periods and I speak and write extensively on information warfare, energy politics, foreign policy, defense policy and strategy, and American, European and Asian security concerns.

I am currently an independent speaker, consultant, and writer as well as a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. Previously, I was a member of the U.S. Army War College faculty for over two decades, serving as the Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research from 1998-2001. I have had the privilege of consulting for the CIA, and the US Army, and chaired international conferences in the United States, UK, Italy, and the Czech Republic.


► Russian Foreign Policy
► Russian Defense Policy
► US Foreign Policy
► European and Asian Security
► International Relations
► Defense Strategy


Email: or or
Office: 202-543-1006
Home: 301-681-2964

For speaking appearance requests, please contact Lisa Bernard at Security Speak, LLC: 203-293-4741 or via email at


  • Professor of National Security Studies (The United States Army War College)
  • Assistant Professor of Russian History (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • Associate Professor of Soviet Studies (Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education)
  • International Foreign Policy Speaker & Author (Independent)
  • Senior Fellow for Russia (American Foreign Policy Council)


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