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John Sitilides

Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and consultant to the Department of State

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  • Geopolitics
  • Global / World Affairs
  • International Relations
  • National Security
  • Foreign Policy
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John Sitilides is Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC in Washington, D.C., specializing in U.S. government relations, geopolitical risk, and international affairs, and Senior Fellow, National Security Program, at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Delivering exclusive geopolitical risk reports, webcasts, and related products and services to institutional capital market and retail clients, he is a professional speaker at corporate, investor, and industry conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences, on geopolitical risk management and the business impacts of international security policies. He explores the complex geopolitical and geo-economic decisions that impact markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and worldwide, helping corporate executives, investment managers and civic audiences better understand, anticipate, and mitigate risk.

Under a U.S. government contract since 2006, Sitilides is the Southern Europe Regional Coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department’s professional development and diplomacy academy for American foreign policy professionals. He was Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project from 2005-2011, following seven years as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute specializing in U.S., NATO and EU interests in Europe and the Middle East, until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

He has testified before Congress and is a frequent national security commentator on U.S. and international media such as Bloomberg News, CNN, FOX News, CNN International, Newsmax and NewsNation, and has interviewed or cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, The National Interest, Politico, National Public Radio, Euromoney, Asia Times, Institutional Investor, South China Morning Post, and other leading print and digital media.

His domestic client portfolio includes industry leaders in real estate development, home construction and agribusiness, along with aviation and emerging technology companies, with a specialization in environmental regulatory reform and private property rights protection. He launched his career in the U.S. Senate and on a series of successful political campaigns.

Sitilides serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Orthodox Christian foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of 3doo, Inc., a VR/AR media technology company, and of Biovest International, developing personalized cancer immunotherapies; the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; and the Board of Governors of the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global motion picture industry’s arts and technologies.

He is a member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., the Empire State Forum, and the Association of Former Senate Aides. Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University. His wife is an attorney and businesswoman, and they have four sons.

Washington and the World: The New Geopolitics of Great Power Rivalry

The global economy, long based upon a rules-based trade system, is undergoing profound and fundamentally transformative shifts, from uneven recoveries to new hot wars and potential cold wars, as well as challenging energy security debates. U.S.-China relations are more tense than ever over Taiwan, technology, trade, and human rights, as China seeks to dominate Asia, manage its commercial relations, and challenge U.S. global leadership, and Washington pursues closer ties with India, Japan, and Indo-Pacific powers for regional counterbalance. Iranian-sponsored terror against Israel and now against global shipping in the Red Sea is destabilizing the Middle East and its global oil and gas supply network. Russia’s war against Ukraine is upending Europe’s security architecture and global energy and food supply chains, as the EU scrambles to escape hydrocarbon dependence on Moscow, NATO seeks to prevent alliance fracturing, and Germany and the United Kingdom plan for energy rationing and deindustrialization. Food shortages, energy scarcity, cybersecurity, and climate policy dependent on rare earths processing increasingly impact C-suite decision-making. Amid the most complex international security landscape since the end of the Cold War, geopolitical strategist John Sitilides delivers valuable insights and thoughtful understanding of geopolitical trends in the near-term and toward the horizon. Using open-source intelligence, he explores the key geopolitical risks across the international trade, security, technology, and diplomacy landscapes that will dominate global and regional investment strategies and provide both serious challenges and long-term opportunities, to help corporate and investment leaders better understand, anticipate, and mitigate geopolitical risk in today’s disrupted economic and financial landscape.

GAIM Ops & GAIM | KNect365
John Sitilides gave our keynote talk on geo-political risks at the GAIM Ops Cayman event in April 2017, a 500+ person event for COO/CCO/CFOs in the alternative investment industry. I’ve been working in conferences for 5 years and I can honestly say it was one of the best talks I’ve seen. John provided fascinating insights on geo-political issues including Russia, China, the Middle East, North Korea and Europe – using simple techniques like turning maps on their side to really bring a new perspective to your understanding of the issues and appreciate their significance on a whole new level. Mixed with really cutting edge and update to date knowledge of the topic and latest political developments, and the fact John is an excellent and engaging speaker, made for a fascinating presentation. Our audience loved it. The room was packed and it’s been rated as a favorite session by many of the attendees. John is top of my list for any geo-political analysis in the future.
Financial Risk Mitigation, Inc.
“I thought your presentation at GAIM Ops London was brilliant. As an enthusiastic observer of world events, I found your presentation to be the most concisely informative and interesting presentation I have probably ever heard on the world's current and future trouble zones.”
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