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2017 mc scholars

From GCMC Alumni Team

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Dec. 7, 2016) – The Alumni Programs Office is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Alumni Scholarships. 

This year, the alumni team solicited applications from nearly 12,000 alumni, and received more than 200 proposals for eight available scholarships.  

“The Alumni Scholars program is an excellent opportunity for our Marshall Center Alumni to continue research in their field of security studies,” said Dean Reed, director of the Marshall Center Alumni Programs. “We provide them with everything they need to conduct in-depth research to include unlimited access to our research databases, an academic advisor, opportunities to engage with both current participants and all faculty, and opportunities to publish in a number of academic journals. 

She added, “Our goal is to develop their skills and knowledge and to be able to bring these scholars back as subject matter experts as presenters, panel members, or faculty.”

The Faculty Scholarship Committee read through all proposals and careful consideration was given to each one. 

In the end, eight winners were selected based on a variety of factors, with priority given to research topics that are of the greatest interest to the Marshall Center and its stakeholders.

The 2017 Scholars are:

fischerDusan Fischer, analyst with the Foreign Policy Association in Slovakia, will be doing research for “The Fragile Flank: Assessment of NATO Assurance Measures in Central and Eastern Europe.” He attended the Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS) 13-1.

imageNino Lolashvili, legal officer for the Migration and Refugee Program of the United Nations Association in Georgia, will be doing research for “Level of Threat Deriving from Migrants.” She attended PASS 12-9.

muhumuzaMaj. James Muhumuza, senior intelligence analyst at the Military Intelligence Headquarters in Uganda, will be doing research for “The Nexus between Porous Borders and Terrorism in the Eastern Africa: The Role of State and Nonstate Actors.” He attended the Seminar on Transnational Civil Security (STACS) 11-8.

imagePiret Pernik, research fellow with the International Center for Defense and Security in Estonia, will be doing research for “Best practices in the development and application of wholeofgovernment and wholeofnation collaboration models in the framework of cyber resilience.” She attended the Senior Executive Seminar (SES) 09-9 and the Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS) 15-1.

imageCapt. Hayden Pritchard, commanding officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, will be doing research on “Security Sector Reform as a critical response to the rise of transnational criminal networks.” He attended the Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) 16-13.

imageCol. Jose Fernando Reina, director of the Aerial Intelligence Operations in Colombia, will be doing research on “CTOC Implications of the Havana peace process between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the guerrillas who became the biggest drug cartel.” He attended CTOC 16-07.

imageVasko Shutarov, advisor for Strategic Planning Unite in Macedonia, will be doing research on “A Net Assessment of the CVE efforts in the Western Balkans.” He attended the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS) 09-7.

imageDarko Terzic, chief inspector for the National Police in Serbia, will be doing research on “Encountering Organized Smuggling of People on the Western Balkan Route.” He attended the Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) 16-13.

The overwhelming response to this year's program reiterates how many alumni want to stay connected and to continue the work started here, said Reed, who added that there are 28 alumni scholars.

The Marshall Center’s Alumni Program plan to offer this program again for 2018, the application period will be announced on GlobalNET and via email to all eligible alumni.