Wilson Center Projects
Quagmire: Russia and the United States in Syria
Alexander Bick is a Research Scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served in the Obama administration as Director for Syria at the National Security Council and on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry. Previously, he worked for The Carter Center, where he helped to organize peace initiatives in Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Venezuela and directed international election observation missions in Liberia and Libya. A trained historian, Dr. Bick has also written on European mercantilism and colonial politics, based on archival research supported by fellowships from Fulbright, the Scaliger Institute, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. 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.