Dr. Bruce G. Blair – Chairman of the Board
Bruce G. Blair is the Founder of the World Security Institute, Co-founder of Global Zero, and a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board. An expert on U.S., Russian and Chinese nuclear security policies, Dr. Blair has frequently testified before Congress and has taught security studies as a visiting professor/lecturer at Yale and Princeton universities. Since 2013, Dr. Blair has been a Research Scholar in the Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He was a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 1987 to 2000, and previously served as Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Blair served in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a Minuteman ICBM launch control officer and support officer for the Strategic Air Command’s Airborne Command Post. His publications include Strategic Command and Control (Brookings, 1985), winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Award for its contribution to the study of national security; The Logic of Accidental Nuclear War (Brookings, 1993); and Global Zero Alert for Nuclear Forces (Brookings, 1995). Dr. Blair earned a Ph.D. in operations research at Yale University in 1984. He is a MacArthur Fellowship Prize winner (1999).
Dr. Nikolai Zlobin – President and Board Member
Dr. Nikolai Zlobin is a political analyst, journalist, historian and president of the Center on Global Interests. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and essays on politics, history, and global security published in 16 languages and more than 30 countries. Prior to founding CGI in 2012, Dr. Zlobin served as director of Russian and Asian programs at the World Security Institute in Washington, D.C. and was the founder and director of the international news agency Washington ProFile as well as director of Russian and Asian Programs at the Center for Defense Information. Since moving to the United States in 1993, he has held teaching positions at Georgetown, Stanford, and Harvard universities, and was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 1993, he was an original executive editor of Demokratizatsiya, the first academic journal on post-Soviet politics and democratization. Since 2004, he has been a permanent member of the Valdai International Discussion Club. Dr. Zlobin’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, Vedomosti, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, and Izvestia. He holds a BA and MA in History and a PhD in Public Administration from Moscow State University.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering – Senior Advisor to CGI
Ambassador Thomas Pickering retired from the State Department as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. In a diplomatic career with service in each of the major continents, Ambassador Pickering reached the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador; Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Executive Secretary of the Department and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger. After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President International Relations and member of the Executive Council, where he was responsible for the Company’s relations with foreign governments and the globalization of Boeing. Ambassador Pickering holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a second M.A. from the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he studied under a Fulbright Scholarship. He speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also is proficient in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.