After graduating West Point in 1970, Fred Zilian completed a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, a career that included four years teaching international relations at the U.S. Military Academy and four years teaching “Strategy & Policy” at the Naval War College. His second career was as an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School, 1992-2015, where he taught history, ethics, and German. Currently he is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, where he teaches history and politics, and also a monthly columnist for the Newport Daily News.
Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on education, history, Germany, Europe, China, NATO, religion, music, climate change, globalization, the Civil War, civilization, and the good American citizen in publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The Hill (online), 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). He has also published a book: From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People’s (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr.
He blogs with historical, political, social, and cultural commentary at http://www.zilianblog.com. For 20 years, he has been an Abe Lincoln interpreter/presenter. (www.honestaberi.com) He lectures on a wide variety of subjects including history, Abraham Lincoln, strategic affairs, civilization, and climate change. He and his wife live in Portsmouth, RI.