David Kanin

David Kanin

Adjunct Lecturer of European Studies
European and Eurasian Studies


  • Balkans
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Romania

Background and Education

David B. Kanin is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Analytic Director with Centra Technology.  In 2010 he retired as a senior analyst after a 31- year career with the Central Intelligence Agency.  He spent much of his last decade at the Agency as founding member of the Red Cell, an alternative analysis and brainstorming group.  Dr. Kanin’s responsibilities included challenging Agency judgments on topics worldwide and presenting alternative worldviews to senior policymakers.  From 2007-2009, Dr. Kanin served as Director of Long-Range Identity Studies on the National intelligence Council.  He served as senior political analyst on the Director of Intelligence’s Interagency Balkan Task Force during the wars that followed the collapse of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.  From 1993-1996 he was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Europe, in which capacity he managed the production of National Intelligence Estimates and other Community products on Balkan and wider European issues.  Before then Dr. Kanin worked as an analyst on European security issues, Yugoslavia, North Korea, and counterintelligence.  He was a member of the US delegation to the Madrid Review conference of the conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1981 and the Rambouillet peace talks on Kosovo in 1999.  Dr. Kanin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  

2015-04-14 00:00:00 
Fall 2016 
Explores factor...
Explores factors at work in the cycles of conflict and outside control that mark the region. Considers the competing narratives that shape the identities and "history" of the Balkan peoples. Also looks at the problems of shifting borders and populations as well as the definition of the Balkans as a region - including exploration of why an are marginal to greater powers repeatedly draws them into dangerous involvements. The former Yugoslavia's formation and collapse is a central focus, along with the growing Albanian universe and the roles of Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria.