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Harlan Ullman

Senior Adviser, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

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Recent Activity

  • March 19, 2014
    As President Vladimir Putin moves to consolidate Russian autonomy over Crimea with a referendum, the West continues to struggle to find acceptable policies to reverse or punish this encroachment. Short of a military response that would be profoundly reckless and
  • March 12, 2014
    As President Vladimir Putin seems to be finalizing Russian suzerainty over Crimea, capitols in Europe and Washington are struggling to find ways to reverse this land grab.  Unfortunately, short of using force---a response no one considers sane---for the short term,
  • March 05, 2014
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was on the road to irrelevance. The most successful military alliance in history has lacked a real enemy since the Soviet Union disintegrated a quarter of a century ago.  After a dozen years of
  • January 07, 2014
    Harlan Ullman, senior adviser for the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, writes to the Washington Post on US presidential term limits:
  • December 11, 2013
    One of Newton’s famous laws--- that every action has an opposite and equal reaction--- is often mirrored in international politics. A key question is how to deal with these opposite reactions. Just when breakthroughs in resolving the most pressing international
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Full Bio

Harlan Ullman is a senior adviser at the Atlantic Council and a member of its Strategic Advisors Group. 

He is also a distinguished senior fellow at the National Defense University and chairman of the Killowen Group, which advises leaders in business and government; is chairman or vice chairman of a number of private companies and advisory boards; and a director of the Wall Street Fund, one of the nation's first mutual funds.

A former naval person with 150 combat operations and missions in Vietnam in patrol boats and later commands, he is on the advisory boards for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and serves as an advisor for the Pentagon's Business Transformation Agency.

Ullman is a regular columnist for UPI and the author of numerous policy books. His major interests are global security and coping with nontraditional threats.