Mr. Christopher Blanchard
Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs
Christopher Blanchard is a Middle East Policy Analyst at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a CRS analyst, Mr. Blanchard provides objective nonpartisan policy analysis and research support to the Members, committees, and staff of the U.S. Congress on a range of political, economic, and security issues in the Middle East. He has authored or co-authored 13 CRS reports for the Congress, including products on the Gulf Security Dialogue and related U.S. arms sales, U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and regional perspectives on the Iraq conflict. His work has been included in national security syllabi at top U.S. universities and has been cited in a number of leading national and international publications. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Blanchard served as a policy advisor on the Middle East with the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and completed his undergraduate studies at Boston College and the London School of Economics and Political Science.