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Stacy R. Closson

Global Fellow


March 1, 2016 — March 31, 2022

Professional affiliation

National Intelligence University

Wilson Center Projects

Russian Foreign Policy and the Arctic

Full Biography

Dr. Stacy Closson is on the faculty of the National Intelligence University.  She is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations. Dr. Closson has been a Kennan Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Helsinki’s Aleksanteri Institute. She was a Fulbright Senior Fellow at National Chengchi University, Department of Diplomacy in Taipei. From 1996-2002 Dr. Closson worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst, entering as a Presidential Management Fellow. Dr. Closson’s writings are featured in academic journals and think tanks in the U.S. and Europe.  She regularly gives talks to U.S. government agencies, congressional staff, military institutions, and think tanks. Her most recent book with MIT Press is 'Energy, Economics, and Geopolitical Futures: Eight Long-Range Scenarios.'

Major Publications

'Russian Foreign Policy in the Arctic: Balancing Cooperation and Competition' Kennan Cable No.24, June 26, 2017

'One Bed, Different Dreams.' Kennan Cable No. 19, November 10, 2016

"Russia Sanctions on Turkey: Implications for European Union Energy Security, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, Volume 2, Spring 2016

Energy, Economics, and Geopolitical Futures: Eight Long-Range Scenarios co-authored with Evan Hillebrand, MIT Press, 2015.


Previous Terms

Fellow, 2009-2010