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Robert D. Blackwill

Robert D. Blackwill

Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Director, U.S.-Israel Security Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

Experience

Robert D. Blackwill is a non-resident Senior Fellow and member of the International Council at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geo-economics.

Most recently, Ambassador Blackwill was senior fellow at the RAND Corporation California, from 2008 to 2010, after serving from 2004 to 2008 as president of BGR International, a Washington consulting firm. He was deputy assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for strategic planning under President George W. Bush. He also served as presidential envoy to Iraq, and was the administration's coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran. Before joining the National Security Council, he served as the U.S. ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. He is the recipient of the 2007 Bridge-Builder Award for his role in transforming U.S.-India relations, and the 2016 Padma Bhushan Award from the government of India for distinguished service of a high order.

From 1989 to 1990, Ambassador Blackwill was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush for European and Soviet affairs, where he was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to German unification. Prior to reentering government in 2001, he spent fourteen years as faculty and associate dean at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Ambassador Blackwill is author and editor of many articles and books on transatlantic relations, Russia and the West, the Greater Middle East, and Asian security. He edited the CFR book Iran: The Nuclear Challenge (June 2012). His latest report, co-authored with Philip Gordon, is titled Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship (November 2016). He also co-authored War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft (Harvard University Press 2016) with Jennifer Harris, Xi Jinping on the Global Stage: Chinese Foreign Policy Under a Powerful but Exposed Leader (February 2016) with Kurt Campbell, Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China (April 2015) with Ashley Tellis, and  Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World (MIT Press, February 2013) with Graham Allison.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

November 2016

Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Report

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Philip H. Gordon

"The U.S.-Israel relationship is in trouble," warn Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon in a new Council Special Report, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship.

 

 

April 11, 2016

War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

Book

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Jennifer M. Harris

In an analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power and what it can do to reverse the trend, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft by Robert D. Blackwill and Jennifer M. Harris describes the statecraft of geoeconomics: the use of economic instruments to achieve geopolitical goals.

 

 

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Spring 2016

Newsmakers

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Ben Heineman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Tom Donilon, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Behnam Taebi, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Tad Oelstrom

A sampling of Belfer Center fellows and affiliates in the news.

 

 

(Photo by Martha Stewart)

Fall/Winter 2015-2016

"Center Welcomes Global Leaders"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Hedi Larbi, Associate, Middle East Initiative, Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Non Resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Robert M. Danin, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Jairam Ramesh and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Former Fisher Family Fellow 2014-2015, Future of Diplomacy Project

This fall, the Belfer Center welcomed a number of distinguished leaders as new senior fellows and visiting scholars. Eight new arrivals come from a range of high-profile public policy backgrounds, and each brings significant and varied expertise to Harvard Kennedy School and the Belfer Center.

 

2015

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April 13, 2015

"Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As the debates rage along the Potomac regarding the Iran nuclear framework, ISIS, the Ukraine crisis, the rise of Chinese power and a half dozen other important U.S. foreign policy challenges, how better to think about these problems than to seek council from the two most impressive strategists of the post World War II era – the late Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger.

 

 

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March 2015

Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China

Report

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Dr. Ashley Tellis

"China represents and will remain the most significant competitor to the United States for decades to come. As such, the need for a more coherent U.S. response to increasing Chinese power is long overdue," write Belfer Center and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Senior Fellow Robert D. Blackwill and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Senior Associate Ashley J. Tellis in a CFR Special Report, Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China.

 

2014

November 16, 2014

"Dealing with Putin"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Dimitri K. Simes

The stage is being set for an even more dramatic confrontation between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Obama must recognize the danger to U.S. national interests that the crisis may create and act accordingly.

 

 

June 10, 2014

"The United States, India, and the Rise of Geoeconomics"

Presentation

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Robert D. Blackwill presented for The Ananta Aspen Center a speech entitled "The United States, India, and the Rise of Geoeconomics," on June 10, 2014 in New Delhi.

 

 

June 18, 2014

"Managing the U.S.-China Great Power Relationship"

Presentation

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Robert D. Blackwill presented to The World Cultural Forum a speech entitled "Managing the U.S.-China Great Power Relationship," on June 18, 2014 in Shanghai.

 

 

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March/April 2014

"America's Energy Edge"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Foreign Affairs

By Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Only five years ago, the world’s supply of oil appeared to be peaking, and as conventional gas production declined in the United States, it seemed that the country would become dependent on costly natural gas imports. But in the years since, those predictions have proved spectacularly wrong.

 
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