Conference presenters  

Anamaria Berea
Steven L. Burg
B.G.J. (Bob) de Graaff
Joseph S. Gordon
Frances Flannery
Glenn Hastedt
John Hulsey
Bernd Kaussler
Rhian McCoy
John Scherpereel
Jonathan Smith
Tim Walton
Cees Wiebes

Anamaria Berea has a Ph.D. in Computational Social Science from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Romania. Berea joined the C4I Center in 2012 as research assistant professor. In her research, she is applying specific computational methods to analyze irregular, atypical warfare and conflicts, such as the remittances and informal transfers of money through hawala networks. The research and paper she developed for modeling hawala networks won an Assyst Bursary Award from ESSA, the European Social Simulation Association, as well as an official recommendation letter from the Head of Counter-Terrorism in Calcutta, India. She has also worked on the DAGGRE research project funded by the ACE program at IARPA. Within this project, she used social network analysis, Bayesian network modeling, GIS and prediction markets in order to forecast geopolitical events. Currently, she is working on SciCast, a project involving predicting science and technology innovations, also funded by IARPA.

Steven L. Burg is Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics and Director of the Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, Brandeis University. He is co-author, with Paul S. Shoup (University of Virginia), of The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention (M.E.Sharpe, 1999), awarded the year 2000 Ralph J. Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association for "the best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism." His more recent publications focus on identities and nationalisms in Spain. He served as principal consultant to the project on the South Balkans of the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and worked with the Project on Ethnic Relations, an international NGO based in Princeton, before becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council for Inclusive Governance, an international NGO based in New York that works with governments to secure minority inclusion in the Balkans. Burg's current book project focuses on the politics of managing ethnic conflict.

B.G.J. (Bob) de Graaff studied contemporary history at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (1974-1979). After his graduation he taught in the same discipline at the university for one year (1979-1980). He then taught political history at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR) (1980-1987), and Japanese history and history of international relations in Pacific Asia in the Department for Economic Studies of the same university (1987-1999). He also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Netherlands History in The Hague (1987-1999). From 1999 till 2002 he was member of the team at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation that investigated the events leading up to, during and after the fall of the U.N.-declared safe area Srebrenica. From 2000 he was also associate professor for the history of international relations at the University of Utrecht, from 2005 in the additional capacity of Socrates-professor for political and cultural reconstruction. From 2007 till 2009 he worked as professor for terrorism and counterterrorism at the Campus The Hague of Leiden University. Since the fall of 2010 he is employed at the Netherlands Defense Academy in Breda as professor for intelligence and security studies. He holds a similar chair at the University of Utrecht since March 2011.

Joseph S. Gordon (Col. USAR retired) (Ph.D. Duke University in European history, M.A., University of Maine, B.A. Bowdoin College in government) has been the Colin Powell Professor for Analysis at the National Intelligence University since 2005. He has divided his long career between intelligence analysis and operations and education. He currently teaches intelligence analysis and the seminar on European security issues at the NIU. He also served as the Director of European Studies and the Chair of the Military History and Strategy Department. He taught history previously at the Army War College, Campbell University, and Duke University (also German language). As an analyst he served in the Strategic Studies of the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg, N.C.  At DIA he manned the Eurasia Desk in technology transfer before transferring to the European division, ultimately becoming the Senior Intelligence Officer for the Balkan Task Force in the Pentagon. He deployed to the NATO peacekeeping command in Kosovo. He has served in U.S. embassies in Germany and Bosnia, in addition to representing DIA as its Senior Command Representative at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, before returning to the NIU in 2005. As an Army Reserve Intelligence Officer, he commanded an MI Battalion and two Strategic MI Detachments. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff college and Army War College, he was also a senior research fellow at the National Defense University. He has lectured widely in academic and intelligence venues in Germany, Serbia, the U.K., Georgia, and Bosnia in addition to regularly teaching at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. He has published extensively in various journals on German studies and psychological operations, editing a book published by Westview Press in 1987, Psychological Operations: East and West.

Frances Flannery is Associate Professor of Religion at James Madison University, where she is Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace, or CISTP. After earning an interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Environmental Science from the College of William and Mary, she received the M.A. and then Ph.D. in Religion at The University of Iowa, concentrating on the origins of apocalypticism in early Judaism and early Christianity. Her research on apocalyptic thought and movements extends from antiquity to the present day with a focus on contemporary religious and ideological terrorism. Her publications include a major monograph (Dreamers, Scribes and Priests; Brill, 2004), an edited book (Experientia, Vol. 1; Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2007), and twenty-five chapters in books and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, the Journal of Religion and Film, and Henoch. A dedicated teacher, her courses at James Madison University include the areas of Hebrew Bible, Judaism, religious terrorism, world religions, and religion and culture; and she also regularly shares her research with the intelligence community. Her current book project is Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism: Countering the Radical Mindset (in progress, Routledge Press).

Glenn Hastedt holds a Ph D. in political science from Indiana University. Formerly the chair of the political science department at James Madison University he is now professor and chair of the justice studies department.  He is the author of American Foreign Policy:  Past, Present, Future, 9th edition (Pearson, 2011) and editor of American Foreign Policy Annual Edition (McGraw Hill, 2013). He edited Controlling Intelligence (Frank Cass, 1991) and co-edited Intelligence Analysis and Assessment (Frank Cass, 1996). Hastedt has also authored articles on in intelligence in Intelligence and National Security, Journal of Intelligence History, Defense Intelligence Journal, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence as well as chapters in edited volumes on intelligence.

John Hulsey received a B.A. degree in Political Science, German and European Studies from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Indiana University-Bloomington. His dissertation investigated the effect of ethnic political competition on local-level governance outcomes in societies after civil wars. Hulsey's research has been published in Democratization and Communist and Post-Communist Studies. Hulsey has ongoing projects on post-election protest, the interaction among empire, state-building and ethnicity, and the effect of political competition on institutional rule changes. Hulsey's teaching interests include comparative politics broadly, with more specialized courses on state-building after civil wars, post-communism, ethnopolitics, and the politics of the Balkans and of Eastern Europe.

Bernd Kaussler is Associate Professor Political Science at James Madison University. He received his B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Sussex in Britain and earned a Master in Middle East Politics and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, analyzing EU human rights diplomacy towards Iran. Kaussler's research interests are Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy, Middle East Security and Politics (with a focus on Iran) and Foreign Policy Analysis. His work has been published in International Studies Perspectives, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, White House Studies, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Journal for Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, The World Today, The National Interest, Foreign Policy in Focus and Jane's Intelligence Review. His book on multilateral negotiations with Iran has been published as part of Routledge's New Diplomacy Studies Series: Iran's Nuclear Diplomacy: Power Politics and Conflict Resolution (Routledge, 2013).

Rhian McCoy is a Leidos senior analyst and consultant on assignment with the Intelligence Community (IC). She has worked on intelligence policy and strategy, and taught introductory and advanced analytic tradecraft for IC schoolhouses. She was a SIGINT officer and Russian linguist in the U.S. Army. Her assignments included the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade and the 1st Information Operations Command (Land). As a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), she completed rotations with Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)/International Security Policy for Eurasia and the Defense Intelligence Agency in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. McCoy is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate lecturer at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR) at George Mason University, currently writing her dissertation titled A Critical Analysis of Intelligence Support to the Dayton Accords. She teaches CONF 345 Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security and Justice for the CAR undergraduate program. Her research interests include intelligence and peacemaking, analytic tradecraft, social network analysis and narrative. She won a best student paper award at the 2010 International Studies Association conference for her paper Covert Peace: Theory and Practice of Secret Conflict Resolution and is a frequent guest lecturer in the IC and at George Mason University. McCoy lives with her husband of 12 years, 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter in Fairfax, Va.

John Scherpereel is associate professor of political science and director of JMU's M.A. program in political science with a concentration in European Union Policy Studies (EUPS). He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003), an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998), and a B.A. in Government and International Studies and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (1997). Scherpereel's research focuses on the causes and consequences of EU enlargement, the relationship between politics and administration, the dynamics of territorial governance, and the politics of representation. His book, Governing the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Between State Socialism and the European Union, was published by FirstForum Press in 2008, and he has published in a range of outlets, including Administration and Society, Governance, the Journal of European Integration, the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, Regional and Federal Studies, West European Politics, and a variety of edited volumes. In addition to the Bosnia project, he is currently working on two other projects — one on women's political representation, the second on personnel turnover in EU institutions.

Jonathan Smith is the Director of Intelligence and National Security Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Graduating from college in 1989, he joined the United States Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer. In a 23-year career, he deployed in support of operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His last assignment was as the commanding officer of Joint Intelligence Operations Center 0174 at the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla. From 1997 to 2011, Smith was a Professor of Political Science at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. He also served as the college pre-law advisor and the director of the teaching excellence program during that time. Smith received his M.A. in International Studies and his Doctorate in American Foreign Policy from the University of South Carolina. He also earned a certificate in the Joint Military Professional Education program of the U.S. Naval War College. Smith's scholarship has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Strategic Security, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Political Science.

Tim Walton did his undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary. After graduating, he went into the Navy and served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, visiting more than fifteen countries. He was on the Sixth Fleet flagship in the Mediterranean as a witness to the Yom Kippur War in 1973, one of the most famous intelligence failures in history. He did his graduate work at the University of Virginia, earning a Ph.D. in modern European history with a specialty in diplomatic history. While working on his dissertation, he received a Fulbright Grant to study in Paris, where he did research in the archives of the French Foreign Ministry. Walton spent 24 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. His assignments included being posted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon as an intelligence advisor to the Secretary of Defense during the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in the Balkans. He has taught courses for Johns Hopkins University, Mercyhurst University, and the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, the CIA's analytic training academy. Since August 2011 he has been on the faculty of the Intelligence Analysis Program at James Madison University. His scholarly interests include the history of intelligence and improving analytic methodologies. He is the author of Challenges in Intelligence Analysis: Lesson from 1300 BCE to the Present, a collection of case studies for use in courses on analysis.

Cees Wiebes studied political science/ international relations at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Until November 1, 2013 (before he retired) he was working as a senior analyst at the Expertise and Analysis Department of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism, the Hague, the Netherlands. His previous appointments were: Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Relations and International Public Law, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam (1981-2005); visiting professor at the Historical Institute of the University of Aarhus, Denmark; senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute of War Documentation (NIOD) from 1989 - 2002 as a member of the Srebrenica team researching circumstances preceding, during and after the fall of the enclave Srebrenica in Bosnia. His areas of expertise are the undertakings (past and present) of the Netherlands and major Western intelligence and security services, intelligence alliances; the problems regarding intelligence liaison and parliamentary oversight; the relationship between intelligence and foreign policy making and execution and (inter)national terrorism. He is an author of 23 books and monographs; 19 contributions to books, more than 20 articles in journals like International Affairs, Review of International Studies, The Scandinavian Economic History Review 1999  Zeitschrift fuer Sozialgeschichte des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, The International History Review, Vierteljahrshefte fuer Zeitgeschichte, Intelligence and National Security, etc. and roughly 60 academic papers to conferences. Some recent books: (with Matthew Aid) Secrets of Signals Intelligence (Cass, London, 2001) and Intelligence and the war in Bosnia 1992 - 1995 (Lit Verlag, Berlin/London, 2003/2004).