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Aha! Network Presents
The START Follow-on Agreement
: Prospects and Implications

By Stephen Blank, Professor of Russian National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, and Olga Oliker,
Senior International Policy Analyst, The RAND Corporation
Moderator: Ambassador Bill Courtney

Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. (EST)

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Stephen BlankSTEPHEN BLANK is 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.  

He has published over 600 articles and monographs on Soviet/Russian, U.S., Asian, and European military and foreign policies, testified frequently before Congress on Russia, China, and Central Asia, 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 or edited 15 books focusing on Russian foreign, energy, and military policies and on International Security in Eurasia.  His most recent book is Russo-Chinese Energy Relations: Politics in Command, London: Global Markets Briefing, 2006.  He has also published Natural Allies?: Regional Security in Asia and Prospects for Indo-American Strategic Cooperation, Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, 2005. 

Dr. Blank is also the author of a study of the Soviet Commissariat of Nationalities, The Sorcerer as Apprentice: Stalin's Commissariat of Nationalities, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 and the co-editor of The Soviet Military and the Future, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992. 

Prior to this appointment 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.



Olga Oliker is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Olikerís research focuses on political and security issues affecting Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine and the Caucasus.† She has also written extensively on international efforts to advance political, economic, social, and security sector development in countries in conflict as well as in those undergoing peaceful political and economic transitions. Her interests also include the implications of transition for development, including questions of displacement and transnational threats. In early 2004, Oliker served as a special advisor for national security affairs to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, where she assisted in the creation of Iraqi national security decisionmaking structures. Before coming to RAND in 1999, Oliker worked as an independent consultant and held positions in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. Recent RAND publications include Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications; Guidebook for Supporting Economic Development in Stability Operations; Improving Capacity for Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations; Women and Nation-Building; Making Liberia Safe: Transformation of the National Security Sector; U.S. Policy Options for Iraq: A Reassessment; Securing Tyrants or Fostering Reform? U.S. Internal Security Assistance to Repressive and Transitioning Regimes; andU.S. Interests in Central Asia: Policy Priorities and Military Roles.

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