Dr. Robertas Vitas serves as Chairman of the Board of the
Lithuanian Research and Studies Center in Chicago, and
participated in its founding. The Center is the largest
scholarly-level archive and publisher on all aspects of
Lithuanian studies outside Lithuania. It regularly hosts
students and researchers from around the world who are
conducting their studies and preparing publications. It
collaborates with academic institutions in Lithuania and
elsewhere, along with the Lithuanian Government.

Dr. Vitas has published The United States and Lithuania: The Stimson Doctrine of
Nonrecognition; Civil-Military Relations in Lithuania Under President Antanas Smetona
1926-1940; and two volumes of U.S. National Security Policy and Strategy: Documents
and Policy Proposals, co-edited with Sam C. Sarkesian and John Allen Williams. His other
publications include over two dozen scholarly reports, articles, book chapters and book
reviews. One of his articles published by the US Army Command and General Staff
College was translated into Chinese by the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense for use in
officer education. He has served on the editorial boards of Armed Forces & Society,
Journal of Baltic Studies, Lituanus, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Vitas also serves as Executive Director of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed
Forces and Society, an international association of scholars and military officers, and
previously served as Vice President of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic
Studies. He is a member of the Lithuanian Catholic Academy of Sciences.

A summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, he went on to earn a
master’s degree and Ph.D. there in political science, specializing in national security,
international law, and normative political philosophy. While at Loyola, he earned an Arthur
J. Schmitt Fellowship for dissertation research. Dr. Vitas served as a Visiting Scholar at
Northwestern University from 1995 until 2009. He served as an enlisted man and
commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve where, among other assignments,
he was a liaison to troops from the Lithuanian Army during early NATO Partnership for
Peace exercises.