Stephen Blank Interview

Stephen Blank, the first Executive Director of CES, discusses the Council's
founding and the creation of the Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Stephen Blank (BA, Dartmouth; MA, Cambridge; MA, PhD, Harvard)  serves as Senior Research Analyst at Arizona State University’s North American Center for Transborder Studies; Adjunct Research Scholar, Center for Energy, Marine Transport and Public Policy at Columbia University; and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. He is Co-Chair of the North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council.  

Dr. Blank was a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Political Science Department (1967-74) and Pace University’s Lubin School of Business (1986-2006), where he served as Director of the Center for International Business Studies. Blank has been a visiting professor at Yale’s School of Organization and Management, the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth (Visiting Professor 1981-89), the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia, the International University of Japan, Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs, HEC-Montreal and Western Washington University.  

Between 1969 and 1974, Dr. Blank was the Executive Director of the Council for European Studies. As a member of The Conference Board from 1975 until 1980, Blank headed the Board's Multinational Corporate Conduct Project and then served as Director of its International Political and Social Analysis Program.  In 1978, he was a founding partner of Multinational Strategies, Inc, an international management consultancy and in 1985, of Stephen Blank Associates. From 1997 to 2004, Blank was Managing Director of the PanAmerican Partnership for Business Education, an alliance of four North American business schools.

Dr. Blank was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and a scholar in residence at the Villa Serbeloni in Bellagio, Italy. He served as a Claude Bissell Visiting Professor of US-Canada Relations at the University of Toronto in 1998 and in 2004-05 was a Fulbright Distinguished Professor associated in the University of Montreal’s Centre for International Study and Research. In 2008-2010, he was the Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor of Canada-US Business and Economic Relations at Western Washington University.

He is the author or co-author of eleven books and many articles. Blankis a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2002, was awarded L’Ordre National du Quebec by the Government of Quebec. In June 2009, he was granted the first North American Citizen award by the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University and in November, the first North America Works award by the annual North America Works conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

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