After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, Fred Zilian was for 23 years an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School, where he taught history, ethics, and German. He served as the History Department Chair, Dean of Faculty, and Assistant Headmaster for Student Services. He also coached numerous sports and served as the advisor to the Model United Nations Program. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, where he teaches history and politics, and a monthly columnist for the Newport Daily News (RI).
Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on history, domestic politics, international affairs, Germany, Europe, religion, music, education, climate change, globalization, civilization, and the Civil War in publications like the Wall Street Journal, Orbis, the Christian Science Monitor, the History News Network (online), Independent School Magazine, Education Week, Army Times, Defense News, the Providence Journal, Eco-RI News (online) and the Newport Daily News. He has also published a book: From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People’s (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr. He blogs with historical, political, and social commentary at www.zilianblog.com. During the Civil War Sesquicentennial, he wrote a monthly column on it for the Newport Daily News. For close to 20 years, he has been an Abe Lincoln interpreter/presenter. (www.honestaberi.com)
- Ph.D. (International Relations — Strategic Studies), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1996.
- M.A. (with highest distinction) (National Security and Strategic Studies) Naval War College, 1985.
- M.A. (International Affairs), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1977.
- B.S., U.S. Military Academy, 1970.
- *Fluent in German
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