John Sitilides, a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and consultant to the State Department, shares his insights into U.S. and global geopolitical decision-making before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders. He explores the complex geopolitical decisions that impact markets in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, helping investors and business audiences understand and mitigate against risk and disruption.
Under a U.S. government contract since 2006, Sitilides is the Southern Europe Regional Coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department’s professional development and diplomacy academy for American foreign policy professionals. He was Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project from 2005-2011, following seven years as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute specializing in U.S., NATO and EU interests in southeastern Europe and the Middle East, until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
He has testified before Congress and is a frequent national security commentator on U.S. and international media such as Bloomberg News, CNN, FOX News, CNN International, Newsmax and NewsNation, and has been interviewed or cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Politico, National Public Radio, Euromoney, Asia Times, Institutional Investor, South China Morning Post and other leading print and digital media.
His domestic client portfolio includes industry leaders in real estate development, home construction and agribusiness, along with aviation and emerging technology companies, with a specialization in environmental regulatory reform and private property rights protection. He launched his career in the U.S. Senate and on a series of successful political campaigns.
Sitilides serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Orthodox Christian foundation. He previously served on the Board of Directors of 3doo, Inc, a VR/AR media technology company; the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; the Board of Directors of Biovest, developing personalized cancer immunotherapies; and the Board of Governors of the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global motion picture industry’s arts and technologies.
He is a member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., and the Association of Former Senate Aides. Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University.
Sitilides chairs the State Department’s Advanced Area Studies Program for Greece & Cyprus, in conjunction with the Turkey program (under a U.S. government contract), at the Foreign Service Institute, the Federal Government’s primary training institution for American diplomats, officers and other professionals of the U.S. foreign affairs community. He is also an Experts Team Member at Wikistrat, the premier strategic analysis and forecasting network, and is former Board Chairman of the Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project.
Sitilides has testified before Congress and has conducted hundreds of interviews on American politics, national security and global affairs by broadcast, print and digital media – including Fox News, CNN, CNN International and BBC News, and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Institutional Investor, and other leading broadcast, print and digital media.
Sitilides served as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute he launched to research and forecast strategic U.S., NATO & EU political, commercial and security issues in southeastern Europe. He directed the center’s strategic planning, policy analysis, political and corporate communications, and financial management until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars. He also served on the Commerce Department’s Initiative for Technology Cooperation in the Balkans.
“The global economy, for decades based upon a rules-based trade system, is undergoing profound and fundamentally transformative shifts. China seeks to dominate and manage Asia’s commercial relations, project military power worldwide, and challenge U.S. global leadership. Russia is upending Europe’s security architecture and fracturing the European Union. Iran’s nuclear weapons breakout is destabilizing the Middle East and its global oil and gas supply network. Energy scarcity, food shortages, cybersecurity, and climate policy are increasingly shaping international decision-making. Amid the most challenging international landscape since of the end of the Cold War thirty years ago, John Sitilides’ powerful keynote presentation delivers valuable insights, clear-eyed intelligence, and thoughtful understanding of current and future geopolitical and geo-economic trends in the near-term and over the horizon. Against the backdrop of a visually dynamic slide deck, he simplifies complex foreign policy and international security trends and developments to concisely deliver the most valuable knowledge, information, and open-source intelligence, to help leadership audiences better understand, anticipate, and mitigate geopolitical risk in today’s disrupted industry, finance, and diplomacy landscape.”
“Washington and the World: The New Geopolitics of Great Power Rivalry”
“Geopolitics, Geo-Economics, and Great Power Threats to Global Supply Chains”
“The Big Picture: A Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Outlook”
“China, Russia, and America: Geopolitics & Geo-Economics in the Decade Ahead”
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U.S. Department of State
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“I thought your presentation at GAIM Ops London was brilliant. As an enthusiastic observer of world events, I found your presentation to be the most concisely informative and interesting presentation I have probably ever heard on the world’s current and future trouble zones.” – Hugh Craigie Halkett, Europe Director, Financial Risk Mitigation Inc.
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