Dr. Stephen Blank is a currently a Fellow at The American Foreign Policy Council former Douglas MacArthur Professor of Soviet Studies and Russian National Security Studies at the prestigious U.S. Army War College, and has spent the last forty years maintaining a vigilant watch over the Kremlin’s moves in both it’s Soviet and post-Soviet guise.

Blank’s has written for, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times, The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report. He is the author of: Russian and Arms Control: Are There Opportunities for the Obama Administration? (Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press); Russo-Chinese Energy Relations: Politics in Command (Global Markets Briefing); and with Alvin Z. Rubinstein Imperial Decline: Russia’s Changing Role in Asia (Duke University Press). His newest book, Light from the East: Russia’s Quest for Great Power Status in Asia will be released this year.

Dr. Blank has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Russian History from The University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s fluent in French, Russian and Hebrew. Dr. Blank and his wife Barbara have two daughters, and live in Silver Spring, Maryland.