M.A. in national security and strategic studies, U.S. Naval War College (1985)
Ph.D. in international relations and strategic studies, Johns Hopkins University (1996)
After graduating West Point in 1970 and completing a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, I was an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School, where I taught history, ethics and German. I have authored numerous articles, essays and book reviews on history, Germany, Europe, China, NATO, religion, music, education, climate change, globalization, civilization and the Civil War in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Orbis, Christian Science Monitor, Independent School Magazine, Education Week, Army Times, Defense News, The Record (NJ), Providence Journal, Newport Daily News, History News Network (online), and Eco-RI News (online). I also published a book, "From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People's (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr." I blog with historical, political, social and cultural commentary at www.zilianblog.com. I have been an Abraham Lincoln interpreter/presenter for 20 years and lecture on a wide variety of subjects, including history, Lincoln, military strategic affairs, civilization and climate change.