Joel Blankenship is a US Army officer and a graduate of Kansas State University, where he received a BA in Political Science. While attending Kansas State, he was selected as a 2015 NSEP David L. Boren scholar to Kyrgyzstan, where he studied Russian and Eurasian Studies. All views expressed in his writings belong to the author and do not represent the positions of the Department of Defense, the US Army, or his unit.
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