About the Expert
Brian D. Blankenship is a Stanton nuclear security fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he researches and teaches on topics related to international security, international cooperation, and U.S. foreign policy. Previously, Blankenship was a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding (2018-19) and a summer fellow at the RAND Corporation (2016).
Blankenship’s research specializes in the politics of military alliances. His book project studies the conditions under which the United States reassures its allies and the conditions under which its assurances of protection come at the expense of allied burden-sharing. In related projects, he studies the effectiveness of U.S. signals of alliance reassurance and their role in U.S. nonproliferation policy, bargaining between the United States and host countries over military access, and states’ ability to use economic versus security tools of foreign policy to attract and influence partners. His work has appeared in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Survival, War on the Rocks, Lawfare, and Defense One, among other outlets. He holds a BA in political science and history from Indiana University (2012) and a PhD in political science from Columbia University (2018).