John Sitilides

Expertise: China, Russia, Geopolicital Risks
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John Sitilides

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.

In a turbulent world fraught with military crises, regional tensions, societal disorder and financial uncertainty, knowledge that enhances global investment decisions and international business planning is more valuable and necessary than ever.

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.


“You exhibit a rare ability to process difficult and complicated questions yet maneuvering skillfully down unexpected avenues, all the while substantively addressing virtually every issue presented to you, no matter how off-beat or unexpected.” – U.S. Department of State

“Maybe the most fascinating presentation I have ever seen at an event. Global geopolitics and the impact on trade, economies, and business. This is brilliant.” – Christopher Barger, Senior Communications Director, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

“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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