CTX Journal Vol. 3, No. 1

About the Contributors


John Arquilla is a professor of Defense Analysis (DA) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and currently serves as chairman of the DA Department. His research interests include the Revolution in Military Affairs, information-age conflict, and irregular warfare. Publications include Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits: How Masters of Irregular Warfare Have Shaped Our World (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2011).

Victor Asal is director of the Center for Policy Research and an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, University at Albany (SUNY). He is also co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict. Dr. Asal's research focuses on violence by non-state organizational actors, and the causes of political discrimination by states against minorities and other groups.

Douglas Borer is an associate professor in the DA Department at NPS. His primary research interests are war and political legitimacy, economic statecraft, and irregular warfare. In 2007 he co-founded with Dr. Nancy Roberts the Common Operational Research Environment (CORE) Lab, and in 2011 he and Dr. Leo Blanken created the Counter-Terrorism Archive Project, both at NPS.

Rachel Davis is currently a graduate student in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. She holds a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Katherine Ellena is a research associate with the DA Department at NPS. As a diplomat in the New Zealand Foreign Ministry, Ms. Ellena served with the International Security Division in Wellington and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Indonesia. She has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

LCDR Andrew Ely teaches Moral and Ethical Philosophy in the Humanities Department of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He served in the Coast Guard for over 18 years, most recently as commanding officer of Station New London, Conn. LCDR Ely has a MA in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

MAJ Sándor Fábián is currently the senior Special Forces advisor at the Operational Directorate in the Hungarian Ministry of Defense. In 2006, he became the first Special Forces Company Commander in the history of the HDF. In early 2009 MAJ Fábián served in Afghanistan as the commander of the first Hungarian Special Forces unit ever deployed in combat. He received his Master of Science degree at NPS in 2012.

MAJ Nils French, Canadian Army, is completing a Master of Science degree in Defense Analysis at NPS. He has a MA in Military Studies from American Military University, and a certificate from the Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. He has completed one tour to Afghanistan and has commanded at the platoon and company level.

GP CPT Srinivas Ganapathiraju, an Indian Air Force fighter pilot, is chief operations officer at a premier Indian air base. GP CPT Ganapathiraju was commissioned as a fighter pilot into the Indian Air Force in 1991. He earned a MS degree in Defense and Strategic Studies at the Defense Services Staff College in 2008, and a second degree in Defense Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 2012. Recent assignments include staff tours in the Personnel branch at Air Force HQ and command of a fighter squadron.

Rebecca Lorentz is a research assistant in the DA Department at NPS, where she focuses on the sociological and demographic elements affecting domestic gang membership and gang-related crime. She contributed to Hy Rothstein and John Arquilla, eds., Afghan Endgames (Georgetown University Press, 2012). Ms. Lorentz earned a MA in Public Policy from the Panetta Institute of Public Policy in 2010.

MAJ Robert Miske is a U.S. Army Special Forces officer. He graduated in 2012 from NPS with a MS in Defense Analysis. He earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame and was commissioned as a field artillery officer in 2001. He has served in the Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, and in several Central and South American countries in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Amina Kator-Mubarez is a research assistant with the DA Department at NPS. She has a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Her research has focused on gender mainstreaming and empowerment in Afghanistan, including issues of domestic violence and deterrence. She has also worked with projects to design, implement, and evaluate international development projects in Afghanistan.

Jason J. Morrissette is associate professor of Political Science and director of International Affairs at Marshall University, West Virginia. His research interests include resource scarcity and violent conflict, post-Soviet Russian foreign policy, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. He has published in the European Political Science Review, Parameters, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Steve Sin is a Ph.D. student at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY). He is also a senior research assistant and subject-matter expert at the National Center for Security and Preparedness. Mr. Sin previously served for 15 years as an intelligence officer specializing in counterintelligence and CT in the U.S. Army.

LT (Ret.) Gaute Solheim served in the Norwegian special forces in the 1980s. He has a law degree and works in the field of tax law for multinational enterprises. He has a special interest in the analysis and structuring of information, and has continued his studies with a course in intelligence at the Norwegian Defense University in Fall 2011.

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