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Oct 16, 2012

F. Stephen Larrabee (USA) is a Senior Staff member at RAND in Washington, D.C. and holds the RAND Corporate Chair in European Security. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Southern California. Before joining RAND he served as Vice President and Director of Studies of the Institute of East-West Security Studies in New York from 1983-1989 and was a distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Institute from 1989-1990. From 1978-1981 Dr. Larrabee served on the U.S. National Security Council staff in the White House as a specialist on Soviet-East European affairs and East-West political-military relations.

His articles include, “Turkey’s Kurdish Challenge,” co-author with Gonul Tol (Survival, August/September 2011); “Ukraine at the Crossroads” (Washington Quarterly, Fall 2007); “Turkey Rediscovers the Middle East” (Foreign Affairs, July/August 2007); and “Danger and Opportunity in Eastern Europe” (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2006). Other recent publications include, Troubled Partnership: U.S.-Turkish Relations in an Era of Global Geopolitical Change; NATO’s Eastern Agenda in a New Strategic Era; co-author with Ian Lesser of Turkish Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty; co-editor with Zalmay Khalilzad and Ian O. Lesser of The Future of Turkish-Western Relations; co-editor (with David Gompert) of America and Europe: A Partnership for a New Era (1997), author of East European Security After the Cold War (1994), editor of The Volatile Powder Keg: Balkan Security After the Cold War (1994), co-editor (with Robert Blackwill) of Conventional Arms Control and East-West Security (1989) and editor of The Two German States and European Security (1989).