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John  Sitilides

John Sitilides

Expert on Global Affairs & Politics


John Sitilides is Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC in Washington, D.C., specializing in U.S. government relations, geopolitical risk, and international affairs. 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. Read More >

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 as a communications and legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and on a series of successful political campaigns.

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 southeastern 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, and CNN International. He is also interviewed on Chinese, Russian, German, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Israeli, and Arab television as well as having been interviewed and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Politico, National Public Radio, Euromoney, Asia Times, Institutional Investor, South China Morning Post and other leading print and digital media.

Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo, Inc, a VR360 media technology company, and on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Orthodox Christian foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of Biovest, 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., and the Association of Former Senate Aides. Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University. He lives in McLean, VA with his wife, who is an attorney and businesswoman, and their four teenage sons. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: American Identity on the Global Stage

Geopolitical Risk Mitigation

Geopolitical Outlook 2022 | John Sitilides

Geopolitical Outlook 2020 | John Sitilides

On the G7 Summit

On U.S.-Iran Tensions

Planning for Geopolitical Risks and Beyond

Connections Between China, India, Russia, and the Middle East

Leaking, NATO Summit, and Trump

America's Involvement in Asia

Speech Topics

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

The global economy, long based upon a U.S.-led trade system, is undergoing profound and fundamentally transformative challenges from Beijing, Moscow, and other powerful capitals. Russia’s war against Ukraine is upending Europe’s security architecture, as the EU scrambles to escape its hydrocarbon dependence on Moscow, NATO seeks to prevent alliance fracturing, and Germany and the United Kingdom plan for energy rationing and de-industrialization. U.S.-China relations grow more tense than ever over Taiwan, trade, and human rights, as China seeks to dominate Asia, manage its commercial relations, and challenge U.S. global leadership, as Washington seeks closer ties with India, Japan, and Indo-Pacific powers for regional counterbalance. Beijing is emerging from a zero-COVID policy that unsettled global supply chains and thwarted its economic growth. Iran’s potential nuclear weapons breakout is destabilizing the Middle East and its global oil and gas supply network. Food shortages, energy scarcity, cybersecurity, and rare earths processing for renewable energy and other advanced technology sectors are increasingly shaping international decision-making. We also focus on the impact on international trade and energy supply chain management involving shipping through critical chokepoints - delivered using a visually-compelling slide deck of maps, graphs, charts, and world leader portraits – and zero text or bullet points – so it is richly informative and dynamically engaging for all audience members. Amid the most complex international landscape in many decades, Sitilides’ keynote presentation delivers valuable insights, clear-eyed intelligence, and thoughtful understanding of geopolitical trends in the near-term and toward the horizon.

Geopolitical Outlook

The global economy, for decades based upon a rules-based trade system, is undergoing profound and fundamentally transformative shifts. China seeks to dominate and manage Asia’s commercial relations, project military power worldwide, and challenge U.S. global leadership. Russia is upending Europe’s security architecture and fracturing the European Union. Iran’s nuclear weapons breakout is destabilizing the Middle East and its global oil and gas supply network. Energy scarcity, food shortages, cybersecurity, and climate policy are increasingly shaping international decision-making. Amid the most challenging international landscape since of the end of the Cold War thirty years ago, John Sitilides’ powerful keynote presentation delivers valuable insights, clear-eyed intelligence, and thoughtful understanding of current and future geopolitical and geo-economic trends in the near-term and over the horizon. Against the backdrop of a visually dynamic slide deck, he simplifies complex foreign policy and international security trends and developments to concisely deliver the most valuable knowledge, information, and open-source intelligence, to help leadership audiences better understand, anticipate, and mitigate geopolitical risk in today’s disrupted industry, finance, and diplomacy landscape.

Geopolitics, Geo-Economics & Great Power Threats to Global Supply Chains

The Big Picture: A Geopolitical & Geo-Economic Outlook

China, Russia & America: Geopolitics & Geo-Economics in the Decade Ahead