CTX Journal Vol. 4, No. 2

About the Contributors


Dr. Shanthie Mariet D'Souza is a research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. She is presently working on projects relating to transition and prospects for long-term stabilization of Afghanistan; the regional dynamics of the Afghan insurgency; and India's security, aid, and foreign policy. Among her most recent published works is Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014? (Pentagon Press, 2012), and she co-edited Perspectives on South Asian Security (World Scientific, 2012) and Saving Afghanistan (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 2009).

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Ely teaches Moral and Ethical Philosophy in the Humanities Department of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has served in the Coast Guard for over 18 years, most recently as commanding officer of Station New London, Connecticut. LCDR Ely also served as platoon officer and chief of nautical science at Officer Candidate School, as the school chief of the Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Course, and as the administrative officer for the Leadership Development Center. He has an MA in philosophy from the University of Connecticut and an MA in Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Freelance journalist Paul Johnstone has a combined 25 years of experience in protective security intelligence and counterterrorism. A former federal agent with the Australian Federal Police and with service in the Australian Army, Johnstone has been formally recognized for outstanding police investigations pertaining to complex fraud and war crimes. He has lectured and trained law enforcement, security, and military personnel throughout Australia, the People's Republic of China, Afghanistan, and the Pacific Rim and is the founder and principal director of Street-Edge Defensive Tactics and consultancy firm Defensive Measures International.

John Locke received a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has published books and articles on a variety of topics. In 2006, he started Off-Trail Publications (offtrailpublications.com), which has produced over 30 books on the history of popular fiction. The latest Off-Trail book, The Texas-Siberia Trail, is a best-of collection of the authentic adventure fiction of Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder of DC Comics, home of Superman and Batman. Locke helps run the Graduate Writing Center at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and teaches writing to NPS students.

Dr. Bibhu Prasad Routray is a Singapore-based security analyst and consultant, and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. He previously served as a deputy director in India's National Security Council Secretariat. Prior to this, Dr. Routray worked at various think tanks, including as the director of the Institute for Conflict Management in Assam, India. Dr. Routray has conducted extensive fieldwork in India's northeast, and in the states affected by left-wing extremists. His writings have appeared in several international publications, including Jane's Intelligence Review, the Asia Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Lieutenant Colonel Gabor Santa is a member of the 34th Special Forces Battalion, Hungarian Army. In Iraq in 2007, he was the assistant team leader of the Hungarian Military Assistant and Liaison team, NTM-I. Two of his three deployments to Afghanistan were as a member of the Hungarian SOF: in 2008, LTC Santa was a partnering officer in the International Security Assistance Force SOF Headquarters, and in 2012, he served as the Hungarian SOF Special Operations Task Unit liaison officer. He is currently studying at NPS.

Major Wesley "Matt" Spear is a United States Army Civil Affairs officer with extensive leadership and operational planning experience in both field artillery and civil affairs. In addition to three combat deployments to Iraq, MAJ Spear has served as a civil-military support element (CMSE) team leader in Tajikistan and as a theater CMSE commander with U.S. Central Command in multiple countries. He received his BA in sociology with minors in criminology and military science from Western Kentucky University. He is currently a student at NPS.

Lieutenant Colonel Lars Werner is a member of the German Army Special Forces (KSK). He joined the German Army in 1994 and received his commission in 1997. He served as a paratroop platoon leader and successfully passed the selection course for the KSK in 2002, where he has since served in several positions. LTC Werner received his bachelor's degree in business management from Munich University in 2001 and an MA in Special Operations from NPS in 2013.

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