Robert D. Blackwill

Robert D. Blackwill

Aspen Strategy Group Member, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill is the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. He is also the Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before joining CFR, Blackwill served as the U.S. ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. He was then the National Security Council’s deputy national security advisor for strategic planning from 2003 to 2005, during which he was responsible for government-wide policy planning to help develop and coordinate the mid- and long-term direction of U.S. foreign policy. He also served as presidential envoy to Iraq and was the administration’s coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran. In addition to his positions in government, Blackwill was also a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation from 2008 to 2010 and the president of Barbour Griffith & Rogers International. Blackwill is the 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 best-selling book, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (MIT Press, February 2013), coauthored with Graham Allison of the Harvard Kennedy School, has sold 300,000 copies. He has coauthored four Council Special Reports, Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China (April 2015) with Ashley J. Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment, Xi Jinping on the Global Stage: Chinese Foreign Policy Under a Powerful but Exposed Leader (February 2016) with Kurt M. Campbell of The Asia Group, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship (November 2016) with Philip H. Gordon of CFR, and Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge (January 2018) with Philip H. Gordon. His latest book, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft (Harvard University Press, April 2016), coauthored with Jennifer M. Harris, was named one of the best foreign policy books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs. He is a member of CFR, the Aspen Strategy Group, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.