About Eric Ham

Eric Ham provides national security and political analysis to the BBC, Sirius XM and The Hill. He is the author of S.O.S.: A U.S. Strategy of Statebuilding, and he is the chair of the Fragile State Strategy Group in Washington. A U.S. Senate fellow, he was a national security advisor to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittees on Emerging Threats and Capabilities; Strategic Forces; and Readiness and Management Support. Ham also conducted research and analysis for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies he was director of congressional relations. He was staff director for the Joint Experts’ Statement on Iran at the 3d Security Initiative. He currently serves as a senior adviser for Global Political Solutions, a Washington-based leading multi-service business development and government relations firm. A political science graduate of the University of Michigan, he also holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Chicago. He and his wife reside in Washington, D.C


Rick Blalock is a two-time Emmy-winning journalist. He is also the winner of the AP Broadcast Award. A former writer/producer at CNN, he was part of the network’s Emmy-winning coverage of the Egyptian Revolution and its worldwide coverage of the 2011 British Royal Wedding. In 2014, his award-winning producing helped earn CNN a national Emmy nomination for the “Newsroom with Suzanne Malveaux” program. He is coauthor of Remembering Diana: The People’s Tribute To Their Princess.

Blalock spent six years as editor-in-chief of The Sphinx magazine before taking emeritus status in 2015. Previously, at CBS Radio he covered the 2008 political conventions and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. A former anchor and reporter for FOX in Atlanta, he earned a degree in journalism at Central State University in Ohio. An avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, he hails from Highland Park, Mich., and began his journalism career at age seven, as a paperboy, delivering the Detroit Free Press.