Wilson Center Projects
Quagmire: Russia and the United States in Syria
Alexander Bick is Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He has nearly twenty years of experience in international security, complex crises, and strategic planning. Before joining the Biden administration, he was Associate Director and Research Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins-SAIS. Previously, he served in the Obama administration, first in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, and then as Director for Syria at the National Security Council. In the latter capacity, Alex helped to devise and coordinate the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Earlier in his career, he worked for The Carter Center, where he directed international election observation missions in Liberia and Libya, and in the UK Parliament, where he staffed Julia Drown MP, a leading advocate for debt relief and international development. A trained historian, Alex is the author of "Minutes of Empire: The Dutch West India Company and Mercantile Strategy," forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Chicago, an MSc in economic history and Diploma in economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in history from Princeton University.
- “A New Cold War in the Middle East?” in Re-Engaging the Middle East: A New Vision for U.S. Policy, edited by Dafna H. Rand and Andrew Miller (Brookings Institution Press, June 30, 2020)
- “Could U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Lead to War Between Russia and Turkey?” Just Security, December 26, 2018.
- “Trump Should Work with Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria,” with Brian Katulis, Foreign Policy, July 23, 2018
- “Strategic Dimensions of Forced Migration in Syria,” SAIS Review of International Affairs, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2017), pp. 25-32.
- “Syria Is Sliding Towards Partition,” War on the Rocks, November 2, 2017.
- “It’s Time for a New Syria Peace Process,” with Lisa Roman, Foreign Policy, September 15, 2017.
- “Trump’s National Security Strategy: A New Brand of Mercantilism,” with Salman Ahmed, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 17, 2017.
Global Fellow, Kennan Institute, 05/01/2020 - 01/28/2021