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Robert D. Blackwill

Robert D. Blackwill

International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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

Senior Fellow, 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 the Director of the U.S.-Israel Security Project, a senior fellow, a member of the Board, and a member of the International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geoeconomics.

Ambassador Blackwill is the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as China, Russia, the Middle East, South Asia, and geo-economics. Ambassador Blackwill was senior fellow at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, from 2008 to 2010, after serving from 2004 to 2008 as president of BGR International. As deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic planning under President George W. Bush, Ambassador Blackwill was responsible for government-wide policy planning to help develop and coordinate the mid- and long-term direction of American foreign policy. He also served as presidential envoy to Iraq, and was the administration’s coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran. Ambassador Blackwill went to the National Security Council (NSC) after serving as the U.S. ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. Prior to reentering government in 2001, he was the Belfer lecturer in international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. During his fourteen years as a Harvard faculty member, he was associate dean of the Kennedy School, where he taught foreign and defense policy and public policy analysis.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

April 11, 2016

War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

Book

By Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, 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, International Council Member, 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.

 

 

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Fall/Winter 2015-2016

"Center Welcomes Global Leaders"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Hedi Larbi, Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative, Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, 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, Middle East Initiative, 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, International Council Member, 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, International Council Member, 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, International Council Member, 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, International Council Member, 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, International Council Member, 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, International Council Member, 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.

 

2013

November 24, 2013

Iran's Mullahs Have a Vote

Op-Ed, Politico

By Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Too many American chaise-lounge bombardiers, condemning the substance of the
interim nuclear agreement reached with Iran this weekend in Geneva, ignore or dismiss
the consequences of the likely price of diplomatic failure—a U.S. attack on Iran.
Discussing that daunting prospect as if it were a video game, they use terms like
“surgical strike” and “limited military engagement” to suggest that such a U.S.-Iran
confrontation would be successful, decisive and over in a hurry. The day after, in their
estimation, would look pretty much like the day before. Such strident advocacy ignores
one crucial variable—the reaction to an American attack by the Iranian leadership. The
mullahs have the decisive vote on what would happen next.

 
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