Robert D. Blackwill
Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. foreign policy; transatlantic relations; the United States and Asia; Russia and the West; the United States and the Middle East.
U.S. Foreign Policy Program, Middle East Program
September 1, 2010—Present
The U.S. Foreign Policy Roundtable Series is an ongoing series that provides a forum for discussion with leading experts on the major issues and developments that impact U.S. foreign policy. The series has covered a broad range of topics, such as domestic and international counterterrorism efforts, the global financial crisis, evolving media coverage of international news developments, and U.S. policy in the Greater Middle East, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
September 1, 1997—September 1, 1998
Throughout the Cold War, the United States and Western Europe were inextricably bound together in the Atlantic alliance by the need to deter Soviet aggression in Europe. However, a gap has begun to emerge between American and European perceptions of their respective vital interests. Can the United States and Europe protect their common interests only through cooperation, or is the depth of commonality overstated? This Task Force will expand upon previous efforts on the subject through a policy-driven, comprehensive dialogue between U.S. and European interlocutors dominated by the younger generation of policymakers, business people, and journalists. In a series of ten monthly meetings over the course of 1997-98, the Task Force will examine the various dimensions of transatlantic relations and their future direction. The Task Force will decide whether there are mutual Western interests and foreign policy challenges that, due to their interdependent nature, can be managed fruitfully only through U.S.-European collaboration and if so, how this collaboration can be sustained. The Task Force will release its answers to these questions in a published report in the summer of 1998.
Graham Allison and Robert Blackwill Discuss New Book on Lee Kuan Yew
"Belfer Center Director Graham Allison and Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill discuss their new book Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World. The event was moderated by Belfer Center's Executive Director for Research Gary Samore." (Source: Belfer Center)
Insights From Asia’s Senior Statesman Lee Kuan Yew
"We talk about China's rise, its surging wealth and power, but the U.S. has been Number One for so long it's hard to really picture what it means, or will mean. Hard to really know what to think.
Lee Kwan Yew knows. Asia's most senior statesman. A longtime friend of the US. A grand master of global strategy out of little Singapore. And here's what he sees.
Does China want to be Number One? Of course. Will they be? Pretty likely. Will we fight? We'd better not."
Tom Ashbrook speaks with Robert Blackwill and Graham Allison about the collected wisdom of grand master Lee Kuan Yew during this February 13 broadcast of NPR's On Point.
Robert Blackwill on the War in Afghanistan
Editor Gideon Rose and Ambassador Robert Blackwill discuss the option of a partial U.S. force reduction in Afghanistan, specifically from the Pashtun region. The "Plan B in Afghanistan" author argues that President Obama made a significant strategic mistake by announcing a deadline for U.S. withdrawal, and that total drawdown will lead to turmoil both in the nation and the region. Inevitably policymakers must also consider U.S.-Pakistan relations, the ongoing Indian-Pakistani conflict and its nuclear implications, and whether the United States should be so preoccupied with this part of the world.
Grand Master Promo Site
Click here to visit the official site for Amb. Blackwill's latest book, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World.
The Chinese translation of Lee Kuan Yew (available for purchase here) appeared on a list of books recommended by President Xi Jinping.
Fareed Zakaria of CNN's Global Public Square (GPS), naming Lee Kuan Yew the "Book of the Week" on March 3, 2013: "This short book [is] packed with intelligence and insight. If you are interested in the future of Asia, which means the future of the world, you've got to read this book."
David Plott in Global Asia (Fall 2013, Vol. 8, No. 3): "[Lee Kuan Yew] may be the single best available volume for those who want a quick grasp of Lee's thinking on foreign affairs and geopolitics...in compiling such a rich collection of statements on such a wide range of global issues, Allison and Blackwill have done both scholars and general readers a service by providing a manageable, one-stop shop on Lee's thinking." Full review here.
Justin Perry of the Scalability Group: "Extremely insightful, a must read...Read it, enjoy, be provoked...and think."
Lee Poh Ping of the University of Malaya, in The Developing Economies (September 2013, Vol. 51, No. 3): "Though this book is slim, it cannot be hurried through. Almost every sentence encourages one to pause and ponder...it is a book well worth reading."
A review by James R. Holmes of The Diplomat, "Lee Kuan Yew: Asia's Confucianist Edmund Burke," is available here.
Grand Master on Kindle
Amb. Blackwill's latest publication, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World, is now available for Amazon Kindle here. The audiobook, scheduled for release on November 12, 2013, is also available for pre-order through Audible here.