CTX Journal Vol. 6, No. 2

About the Contributors


Dr. John Arquilla is a professor and the chair of the Department of Defense Analysis (DA) at the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). His research interests extend from explorations of the history of irregular warfare to studies of the complex strategic implications of the information revolution. His books include Worst Enemy (Ivan R. Dee, 2008); Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits (Ivan R. Dee, 2011); and with Hy Rothstein, Afghan Endgames (Georgetown University Press, 2012). Dr. Arquilla has acted as a consultant to military commanders in conflicts ranging from Operation Desert Storm to the Kosovo War and the Afghan campaign. His research currently focuses on the need for nations to develop networks of their own to combat terrorists and armed insurgents.

Dr. Christopher C. Harmon currently serves on the faculty of the Daniel K. Inouye 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 also recently contributed two essays to Orbis. Dr. Harmon serves on the editorial boards of Terrorism & Political Violence and CTX.

Dr. Letitia Lawson is a senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at NPS. She teaches African Studies, including courses on security, government and politics, history, and cultures, as well as research methods and comparative politics. Dr. Lawson earned a PhD in political science and an MA in sociology from the University of California at Davis, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University, and a BA in economics from Smith College. She has published on various aspects of state-building in Africa and on US Africa policy. Dr. Lawson travels regularly to Africa as a member of the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) faculty.

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 became interested in the study of ethics through a reacquaintance with both philosophy and critical thinking after joining the faculty of NPS in 1999.

Colonel (Ret.) Eugene Michael Mensch is a consultant on Africa. In his previous position as Africa program manager for CCMR, he conducted over 100 civil-military relations seminars in 34 African countries. After commissioning and service in the Vietnam War, he became a foreign affairs specialist and served in Africa and the Middle East for 15 years, with assignments as defense and/or army attaché in Chad, Namibia, Tunisia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho. COL Mensch has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from NPS. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, the Army War College, the Foreign Service Institute (Arabic), and the Defense Language Institute (Arabic and French). He is a member of the US Defense Attaché Hall of Fame.

Robert Nickelsberg has worked as a Time magazine contract photographer for nearly 30 years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. He lived in New Delhi from 1988 to 1999, and his assignments have taken him to Iraq, Kuwait, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, and Indonesia. His images have appeared in publications including Time, the New York Times, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Paris Match, and Stern, and on CNN and NBC. 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. Mr. Nickelsberg is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Lieutenant Colonel Sylvester Perera is currently working toward a master's degree in Defense Analysis at NPS. He joined the Sri Lankan Army as an officer cadet in 1990 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant to the Gemunu Watch regiment in 1992. He has held numerous appointments in command, staff, and instructor capacities during his military career, including commander of a platoon and company in the 6th Battalion and commander of the 8th Battalion of the Gemunu Watch. LTC Perera served in the directing staff of the Sri Lankan Defence Services Command and Staff College from 2012 to 2015.

Major Birger Soerensen has served in the special operations unit of the Royal Danish Army, the Jaegerkorpset (Hunter Corps), for more than 13 years. He has filled various functions from team leader and platoon/squadron commander to the chief of operations. He has extensive operational experience from the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. MAJ Soerensen received his officer's education at the Royal Danish Military Academy and is currently enrolled in the Special Operations and Irregular Warfare curriculum at NPS. Upon his return to Denmark, MAJ Soerensen will serve in the newly created Danish Special Operations Command.

Nicholas Tomb is the program manager for the Africa Program at CCMR. Prior to this, he was the assistant program manger for the Collaborative and Adaptive Security Initiative and program coordinator for the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies at NPS. His focus is on executive education, conflict management, post-conflict recovery, civil-military relations, and civil society organizations. Mr. Tomb is a co-founder and former president of Global Majority, an international non-profit conflict resolution organization, and he is the board chairman of the Offset Project, a non-profit organization focused on the reduction of carbon emissions.

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