CTX Journal Vol. 4, No. 4

About the Contributors


First Lieutenant Ruslan Bek works as a reporter in the Mass Media department of the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Republic of Kazakhstan. After finishing his university degree, he became a sergeant in the Army Airborne Forces before turning to journalism. LT Bek's goals are to tell the world about the work being done by the Army of Kazakhstan and to promote peaceful international relations.

LTC (Ret.) Samuel W. Bettwy recently retired from the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the US Army Reserve after serving for 28 years, most recently as the deputy judge advocate for the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, California. He has also served as an attorney for the US Department of Justice since 1986. LTC Bettwy currently teaches Comparative Criminal Procedure through Film at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. His course textbook will be published in the next issue of Opinio Juris in Comparatione.

Dr. Sanchita Bhattacharya is presently a research associate with the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, India. She successfully defended her PhD dissertation, Madrasa Education in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh: A Comparative Study, at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She writes frequently on the subject of political Islam, and her articles have been published by journals including the East Asia Forum, Outlook India, and New Age Islam.

Lieutenant Colonel Chok Bahadur Dhakal has served in the Nepalese Army since 1990. He was an independent company commander and battalion commander in insurgent-affected areas during the Maoist insurgency in Nepal (1996–2008). He has served on the Chief of the Army staff and as an instructor in the Army Academy and the Army Command and Staff College, among other posts, and on UN peacekeeping missions in Croatia, Lebanon, and the Ivory Coast. LTC Dhakal holds three MA degrees: in Strategic Studies (Nepal), Defense Studies (UK), and National Security Affairs (US).

Dr. Christopher C. Harmon currently serves on the faculty of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. He first published on terrorism in 1982 and has taught in related programs in a half-dozen civilian and military graduate schools. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Harmon served as the Horner Chair of Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University. Dr. Harmon is the author or editor of five books, including two editions of Terrorism Today (Routledge, 2000, 2007) and Toward a Grand Strategy against Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2010). He serves on the editorial board of Terrorism & Political Violence.

Major Anthony F. Heisler is a US Army Special Forces officer who has served as a fire support officer and platoon leader with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, and as the detachment commander of a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha during two deployments to Afghanistan. He also has extensive operational experience working with NATO partners in Europe and in Afghanistan. MAJ Heisler holds degrees in history and in German language and literature from George Washington University and is currently pursuing an MS in Defense Analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California.

Dr. Paula Holmes-Eber, an anthropologist and specialist on Middle Eastern and North African cultures, has published extensively on the cultural aspects of war and conflict. Her books include Culture in Conflict: Irregular Wars, Culture Policy, and the Marine Corps (Stanford Security Studies, 2014), Operational Culture for the Warfighter: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. (Marine Corps University Press, 2011), and Daughters of Tunis: Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim City (Westview Press, 2002). Dr. Holmes-Eber earned her PhD in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University.

George Lober guides US and international military students through the tricky terrain of ethics and critical thinking at NPS. He earned his BA and MA in English from the California State University system, and has published in the journals Eclectic Literary Forum and Red Wheelbarrow. Mr. Lober became interested in the study of ethics in 1998 through a reacquaintance with both philosophy and critical thinking, and joined the faculty of NPS in 1999.

Major Tlek Mirza is the chief of staff in the Mass Media department of the MoD, Republic of Kazakhstan. Previously, he served as an officer in the Army Airborne Forces and took part in a 2006 peacekeeping mission in Iraq.

Dr. Siamak Naficy is a senior lecturer in Defense Analysis at NPS. He earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an evolutionary scientist, his interests include cultural anthropology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive and social psychology. His research focuses on social intelligence and social preferences, including the ways in which socio-cultural and evolutionary processes shape human adaptive features, especially those that produce identity, within-group favoritism, and between-group conflict.

Malladi Rama Rao is a New Delhi–based analyst and writer on Indian politics and South Asian geopolitical and security issues. He edits the South Asian Tribune, is managing editor of the Policy Research Group (POREG), and co-directs Syndicate Features Service with his wife, Vaniram Rao. Mr. Rao began his journalism career reporting and editing for All India Radio (AIR), and won the Best Radio Correspondent of the Year award in 1994. He is presently translating Lord Meher, a 20-volume life story of Meher Baba, into Telugu, an Indian language.

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