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Author Bios

Peter F. Schaefer (1)

Peter F. Schaefer was a Vietnamese-speaking intelligence officer in Vietnam, targeting VC and NVA units, and the VCI.  He has worked, off and on, for more than 40 years advising the Pentagon and various intelligence agencies.  He was an adviser to a number of senior Philippine officials including the Philippine Secretary of National Defense.  In the late 1980s he served as the Senior Adviser to the Administrator of USAID, responsible for a reform plan for the agency and a new approach to foreign aid.  He also wrote a strategic plan for a government approach to COIN which was the first of many iterations of this paper.

Mark Lawrence (1)

Lieutenant Commander Mark Lawrence is the Navy’s Federal Executive Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  The views expressed are his alone and do not represent the positions of the Navy or the Department of Defense.

G. Damon Wells (1)

MAJ G. Damon Wells is a Field Artillery Officer currently stationed at Fort Sill, OK.  In 2012 he served as a Security Force Assistance Team Leader in Khakrez District, Kandahar Province, working with the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and Afghan Local Police (ALP).

Linda Robinson (1)

Linda Robinson is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of expertise include national security strategy, international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, security force assistance, joint force development, special operations forces, irregular warfare and stability operations.

August Cole (1)

August Cole is a writer and analyst specializing in national security issues. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, where he focuses on defense industry issues. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A former journalist, he covered the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal and worked as an editor and reporter at MarketWatch.com. Follow him on Twitter @august_cole

Gawdat Bahgat (1)

Dr. Gawdat Bahgat is a professor at the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. The views expressed by the authors are the author's alone and do not represent the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Jamsheed K. Choksy (1)

Jamsheed K. Choksy is professor of Iranian, Central Eurasian, and International studies at Indiana University. He also is a member of the National Council on the Humanities at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.

Daniel T. Canfield (1)

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel T. Canfield is an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps with operational experience in Haiti, Liberia, the Arabian Gulf, Iraq, and northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He holds a MA in history from North Carolina State University and several advanced degrees from the Marine Corps University and the US Army War College. He currently serves in the J5 at US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Edward Cox (1)

Edward Cox is the author of Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship (New Forums Press, 2010). From 2008 to 2011, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.  He holds master’s degrees in public administration and international relations from Syracuse University.

David Spencer (1)

David Spencer is Assistant Professor of National Defense Studies at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.  He has spent the last sixteen years working in support of U.S. policy in Colombia and is the lead author of Colombia’s Road to Recovery: Security and Governance 1982-2010, published by the Perry Center in 2011.  During 2011-2012 he was on detail at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Western Hemisphere Affairs where he served as Director of Colombia Policy.  After leaving OSD he spent several weeks in Cauca doing research for this article.

Eddie Brown (1)

MAJ Eddie J. Brown is an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army who has conducted extensive study on analytical methods for population centric analysis.  The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

A.A. Cohen (1)

A.A. Cohen is a senior infantry officer in the Canadian Army. He serves in the Reserves and works as a strategic international trade adviser. Cohen fought in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for outstanding initiative and motivation, and for his establishment of vital relationships with the local population. He is the author of Galula: The Life and Writings of the French Officer who Defined the Art of Counterinsurgency (Praeger, 2012).

Emmanuel Wekem Kotia (1)

Colonel (Dr.) Emmanuel Wekem Kotia is the Chief Instructor and the Academic Programmes Coordinator at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) Accra, Ghana. Email: Emmanuel.Kotia@kaiptc.org.

Inge Fryklund (1)

Over the period 2004-2012, Ms Inge Fryklund, JD, PhD, has spent more than four years in Afghanistan, including work with USAID, UNDP and the Army and Marine Corps. Her views are her own. She is recently returned from Helmand Province.

Patrick Christian (1)

Patrick Christian is a doctoral candidate (ABD) researching the psychological foundations of sociological structures in conflict and is in transition to US Africa Command's Joint Special Operations Task Force – Trans Sahara with duty in Mali. He was a Policy Advisor in OSD-Policy and an adjunct faculty teaching African Civil Wars at the National Intelligence University.

Patrick has extensive experience in the practice and research of intra-state violence, civil war and tribal conflict. He has led field teams conducting combat advisory missions, tribal engagement and counterinsurgency operations in Caquetá, Putumayo and Los Amazonas Colombia; Puerto Francisco de Orellana in Ecuador; Darfur Sudan; Bilate and Ogadin regions of Ethiopia; and Baghdad and Taji Iraq. He has served as the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Ethiopian Special Operations Department, and the Colombian Army’s 6th COLAR Division as well as served as the United States Representative to the African Union Ceasefire Commission in Darfur Sudan.

Patrick has trained US Army Special Forces, US Navy SEALs, and USMC Advisory Groups in combat advising, tribal engagement and psycho-historiographical profiling of tribes in conflict.  In 2011, BrownWalker Press published his first book, a Combat Advisor’s Guide to Tribal Engagement, available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble booksellers.  His latest peer reviewed paper on psycho-historiographical profiling of tribes in conflict can be found at Routledge, Taylor and Frances’ African Security Journal, 2013, Volume 6, Issue 1; 03/2013; 6(1):1-37. DOI:10.1080/19392206.2013.759457.