CTX Journal Vol. 5, No. 1

About the Contributors


Dr. Guy Duczynski is a former member of Booz Allen Hamilton's strategic security planning team in Canberra, Australia. He holds a PhD in operational design and campaign planning, along with master's degrees in business administration and education. A skilled facilitator in general morphological analysis, his past work includes an analysis of nanotechnology within Australia; an investigation of economic development for the indigenous people of Western Australia; a study of North Korea for planners at the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center in San Antonio, Texas; and an analysis of security in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, for Australia's Special Operations Command. His research interests include operational design, information operations, and planning for complex environments.

Muhammad Feyyaz is country coordinator for Pakistan's Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) and teaches at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in peace and conflict studies from the National Defence University and a master's degree in war studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, both in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also earned diplomas in infantry tactics from the US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, and conflict management from the Modern Institute of Informatics and Management, Islamabad. Feyyaz's latest publication, "Conceptualizing Terrorism Trend Patterns in Pakistan: An Empirical Perspective," appeared in Perspectives on Terrorism 7, no. 1 (2013).

Dr. Samuel H. Huddleston is currently a senior operations research and systems analyst for the US Army. He holds PhD and MS degrees in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and a BS in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy, where he also served as an assistant professor. His research interests include statistical learning, agent-based simulation, crime analysis, and network analysis.

Colonel Jaroslaw Jablonski is a member of the Polish Special Forces. He joined the Polish Army in 1989 and received his commission in 1993. He served as a paratroop platoon leader and company commander, and successfully passed the selection course for the GROM (Operations Mobile Reaction Group) in 2002, where he has since served in several positions. COL Jablonski received his MA in defense analysis from the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2009 and a PhD in information and knowledge management in 2012. COL Jablonski has a combined 39 months of deployment time to Bosnia and Kosovo, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force.

Robert Nickelsberg has worked as a Time magazine contract photographer for nearly 30 years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. Living in New Delhi from 1988 to 1999, Nickelsberg recorded the rise of religious extremism in South Asia. His assignments have also encompassed Iraq, Kuwait, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, and Indonesia. His images have appeared in publications and broadcasts that include Time, the New York Times, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Paris Match, Stern, CNN, and NBC. Nickelsberg has taught photojournalism and conflict coverage at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. His photographs have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography in New York, and the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. His recent book, Afghanistan: A Distant War (New York: Prestel, 2013), received the Olivier Rebbot Award in 2013 for the best reporting from abroad in books and magazines. Nickelsberg is a graduate of the University of Vermont. 

Dr. Kalev I. Sepp is a senior lecturer in the Defense Analysis department at NPS. He served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, and was an expert member of the Baker-Hamilton Bipartisan Commission on Iraq. He co-authored Weapon of Choice: US Army Special Operations in Afghanistan (Dept. of Defense Center of Military History, 2006), and in 2009, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of "The Ten Most Influential Counterinsurgency Thinkers" in the United States. He earned a master's degree in military art and science from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and a PhD in history from Harvard University. A former US Army Special Forces officer, Sepp earned his Combat Infantryman Badge in the Salvadoran Civil War.

Surinder Kumar Sharma is currently a consultant with the noted Indian think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). He is an expert on Pakistan-based Islamist militancy in South Asia, particularly Kashmir. He holds a graduate degree in history from Meerut University in Uttar Pradesh, India, and is fluent in Arabic and French. He writes regularly for the Times of India, Pioneer, the Tribune, the South Asia Tribune, and the Asia Times. His most recent book (with Anshuman Behera) is Militant Groups in South Asia (New Delhi: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Pentagon Press, 2014). He has held a number of positions in the Indian security establishment and was decorated with an outstanding performance award by the Indian government's national security advisor.

Captain Edval Zoto, an infantryman by specialty, proudly serves in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania. He graduated in 2009 with a degree in strategic, political, and organizational sciences from the University of Turin, Italy. In 2011, CPT Zoto earned an MA in European studies and diplomacy from the ISSAT Institute in Tirana, Albania, and the University of Business and International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an alumnus of the Advanced Security Studies program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. In 2013, he obtained an MS in special operations and terrorist operations and financing from NPS through the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program.

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