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Andrew A. Michta, Ph.D.

Dean
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Andrew A. Michta holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University. His areas of expertise are international security, NATO, and European politics and security, with a special focus on Central Europe and the Baltic States.

Prior to coming to the Marshall Center he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Europe Program) and an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  From 1988-2015 he was the M.W. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College.  From 2013-14, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C. where he focused on defense programming. From 2011–13, he was a Senior Tran...

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Prof. Dr. Ralf Roloff

Deputy Dean for Resident Programs
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Prof.

Dr. Ralf Roloff is Deputy Dean for Resident Programs at the College of International and Security Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany since 2018 and Professor (apl), Universität der Bundeswehr München (since 2015).

Prof. Dr. Ralf Roloff was the Senior German Professor (2003-2018) at the College of International Security Studies at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He is the Director of Master in International Security Studies Program (since 2010). He was Director of the European Security Seminar (2015-2018).

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Christopher Burelli

Director, Alumni Programs
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Christopher Burelli is the Director of Alumni Programs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, where he has served since 2015. 

He is a 2002 graduate of the Marshall Center’s "Leaders of the 21st Century" Course (now called PASS), and also a 2016 graduate of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS).

Prior to joining the Marshall Center, Mr. Burelli served a career in the United States Air Force, concluding as the U.S. Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava Slovakia. 

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Dr. John L. Clarke

Professor of National Security
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. John L. Clarke is Professor of National Security at the George C. Marshall European Center of Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Dr. Clarke is recognized as a leading expert on the role of military forces in homeland security and homeland defense issues. He has developed and taught numerous courses on homeland security, crisis management, and stability operations, as well as developing scenario-based exercises and simulations. He recently led a major research project on European Approaches to Homeland Security. Most recently, he published a book, "Armies in Homeland Security: American and European Perspectives."

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Italian Carabinieri Brigadier General Sebastiano Comitini

Director, Senior Executive Seminar
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Italian Carabinieri Brig. Gen. Sebastiano Comitini serves as the Director of the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

He attended the military school of the Army and the Military Academy. His first duty assignment was in 1980, when he served as a platoon commander within the 1 paratrooper Regiment of Carabinieri. His career continued inside the Special Intervention Group (GIS) for six years, then as Territorial Company (District) Commander.

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Col. Oscar F. K. Diano

Director Operations, Strategic Initiatives, Outreach and Research 
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Col. Oscar F. K. Diano is the Director of Operations, Strategic Initiatives, Outreach and Research at the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He earned his commission from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 1994.

After completing the Armor Officer Basic and the Scout Platoon leader’s course, he reported for duty to K Troop, 3

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Lt. Col. Jonathan Drake, U.S. Army

Director
Eurasian FAO Training Program

Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Drake is the Director of the Foreign Area Officer Training Program at the George C. Marshall Center for Strategic Studies. He received his commission as an Artillery Officer from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1999. He is a graduate of the Artillery Officer Basic and Career Courses, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Prior to his present duties, he was the Russia Desk Officer for the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters, Brussels. Previous assignments include service as the Deputy Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation in Tbilisi, Georgia; Battalion Rear Detachment Commander, 3-6 Field Artillery, Fort Drum, NY; Battalion Fire Support Officer and Battalion Plans Officer, 2-22 Infantry, Fort Drum, NY; Assistant Operations Officer, 3-6 Field Artillery, Fort Drum, NY; Battalion Intelligence Officer, 3-6 Field Artillery, Fort Drum, NY; Battalion Fire Direction Officer, 1-94 Field Artillery, Idar-O...

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Pál Dunay

Professor of NATO and European Security Issues
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Pál Dunay received an LL.M in Law and Political Science from the Loránd Eötvös University Budapest in 1982, a so-called Dr. Universitatis degree in Public International Law in 1991 from the same university and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Budapest University of Economics in 2001 each with “summa cum laude.” He has submitted his habilitation at the Lorand Eötvös University in June 2015.

Between 1982 and 1996, he was post-graduate student, assistant and associate professor at the International Law Department of Lorand Eötvös University. In 1989-90 he was legal advisor of the Hungarian Delegation to the Conventional Forces in Europe talks, whereas in 1992, he held the same function at the Open Skies negotiations.

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Colonel Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Geuckler (German Army)

Prior to joining the George C. Marshall Center in September 2015, Col. Andreas Geuckler worked for the German Federal Intelligence Service in Munich and Berlin for 18 years, where he held various positions including as head of department and, for the last seven years, as group leader.

During that time, he was responsible for reporting relevant information regarding defense industries and defense technologies to appropriate government departments and offices. In his reports he also dealt with terrorist weaponry and the whole spectrum of cyber threats and their specific political, economic and military implications.

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Gregory Gleason, Ph.D.

Professor of Eurasian Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Gregory Gleason is a professor of Eurasian Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Upon returning in September 2019 from an assignment as U.S. Ministry of Defense Advisor in Uzbekistan, Gleason resumed his post at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Since 2007, Gleason’s research, teaching and service at the Marshall Center has focused on former communist countries. Before joining the Marshall Center, Gleason taught courses in international relations at the State University of New York and later at the University of Miami before joining the political science faculty of the University of New Mexico. While at the University of New Mexico Gleason tau...

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Lt. Col. (GS) Andreas Hellwig

Military Professor, Deputy Course Director for the Program in Applied Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Lt. Col. Andreas Hellwig is a military professor and Deputy Course Director for the Program in Applied Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He joined the George C. Marshall Center in fall of 2011.

Colonel Hellwig earned his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the German Armed Forces University in Munich, Germany. Following that, he attended the U.S. Army Aviation School in Ft. Rucker, AL, and conducted his initial weapons training at Ahlhorn AB, Germany. His first assignment was as a helicopter pilot at Air Transport Wing 61 Landsberg AB, Germany. Colonel Hellwig flew the UH 1D in the air transport and search and rescue role, and also served as a maintenance pilot and an instructor pilot. He has a total of 3,800 flying hours.

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Dr. Graeme P. Herd

Professor of Transnational Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Graeme P. Herd is Professor of Transnational Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, which he joined in January 2015, and fully involved in its extensive resident and outreach activities. 

Before joining the GCMC Graeme Herd was a Professor of International Relations and founding Director of the School of Government, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Plymouth, UK (2013-14), where he set up the ‘Centre for Seapower and Strategy’ at the Britannia Royal Naval Academy, Dartmouth. During his doctoral studies on seventeenth century Russian military and diplomatic history he studied at the Institute of Soviet/Russian History, Soviet/Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow as a British Council Scholar, 1991-1992. He has an MA in History-Classical Studies University...

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Dipl.-Ing (Univ.) Martin L. Herrmann

LTC (GS), Professor
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Before joining the Marshall Center in October 2018, LTC (GS) Herrmann was the Defense Attaché at the German Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2015 to 2018, with additional accreditation to Kosovo. In addition, he managed and developed projects for the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in demining, support for mine victims, destruction of ammunition and explosives, identifying weapons, securing ordnance and ammunition depots.

Prior to 2015 at the Federal Chancellery, he headed a technical department dealing with securing, actively employing and guarding means of communication. In this capacity LTC (GS) Herrmann helped develop electrical engineering prototypes.

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Commander Dipl. Ing. Andreas Hildenbrand

Professor
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Commander Hildenbrand is a military professor in the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He has been the deputy director of the Program in Applied Security Studies, the Center’s largest and most comprehensive resident program, for several years. Since 2018, he is the program director of the Center’s newest resident program, the European Security Seminar North.

The primary focus of his professional experience is Arctic security policy, security implications of climate and environmental changes, the European Security and Defense Policy, as well as modern leadership and gender related topics. Between 2009 and 2017 he was a member of the Partnership for Peace Consortium Educators Working Group and as well the combined Educators and Security Sector Reform Working Group that wrote a handbook on Teaching Gender in the Military.

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James Howcroft, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) 

Director, Program on Terrorism and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

James Howcroft serves as the Director of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies. Professor Howcroft retired as a Colonel after 30 years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in a wide range of Marine Corps tactical and operational intelligence billets, from Infantry Battalion up to the Marine Expeditionary Force level. His combat tours include duty with the 2nd Marine Division in Operation Desert Storm and tours of duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2) with both the 1st Marine Division and then the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force...

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Col. (GS) Ralf Klewin-von Fintel

Military Professor, Course Director, Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS)
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Colonel Klewin-von Fintel is a military professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He joined the George C. Marshall Center in July 2019 and is the Course Director of the Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS), the institute’s longest and most comprehensive resident program.

Col. Klewin-von Fintel joined the German Army in 1978 for the completion of his light infantry and junior officer’s training. He earned his Diploma in Educational Sciences at the Federal Armed Forces University (today: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität) in Hamburg, Germany. After several Platoon Leader and Company Commander assignments at light infantry battalions in Schwanewede and Munster (both in Germany), he attended the 34th Command and General Staff Officer’s Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and General Staff College in Hamburg, Germany.

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Dr. Tibor Kozma

Professor of Transnational Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Kozma started his police career in 1991 in Hungary. From 1994-1995, he conducted his police studies at the l'École Supérieure des Officiers de Paix in Nice, France. In 1997, he graduated from the Hungarian National Police Academy as a First Lieutenant. In 1997, he was assigned to a commanding police position in Debrecen, Hungary. In his police career, he has served in various mid-level leadership positions at the Debrecen Police Station and at the Hajdu-Bihar Police Headquarters.

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Lt. Col. Christopher A Kreiler

Deputy Director, Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS)
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Lt. Col. Chris Kreiler is the Deputy Director of the Program on Applied Security Studies (PASS) and joined the George C. Marshall Center in the summer of 2017.

He received his commission through Officer Candidate School (OCS) in January 2001 and served as both a Signal Corps and Military Intelligence officer before entering the Foreign Area Officer program in 2010.

His assignments have included the 35th Signal Brigade and 503

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Jörg Kunze

Colonel (GS) Diplom-Ingenieur

Colonel Jörg Kunze is a military professional and executive course director for the Seminar on Regional Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He arrived at the center in September of 2014.

Born in Bremen, Germany, Colonel Kunze is a General Staff Officer of the Luftwaffe.

Before his assignment at the Marshall Center, he was a director of the International General Staff Course at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Hamburg. In his capacity, he instructed international Air Force Staff Officers of at least 14 different non-NATO nations in advanced leadership skills and aerial warfare.

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Dr. Suzanne Loftus

Professor of National Security Studies
College of International and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Suzanne Loftus obtained her doctorate in International Studies from the University of Miami. During and after her studies, she taught a number of courses in International Relations and Foreign Policy including Organized Crime and Security in the Americas, US-Latin American Relations and Introduction to International Studies.

Her publications include a variety of book chapters on Russian-Western relations and the European security environment in volumes such as

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Frank Mouritz, M.A.

Academic Coordinator and Deputy Director of the M.A. International Security Studies (MISS)
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Mr. Frank Mouritz is seconded to the Marshall Center by the Bundeswehr University Munich and acts as academic coordinator and deputy director of the joint Master’s Program in International Security Studies (MISS).

Mouritz's professional expertise includes the following subjects: Security and Interdependence, Geoeconomics, International Political Economy, East Asian Security, German and European Foreign Policy, Cyber Security and Humanitarian Interventions.

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Benjamin P. Nickels, Ph.D.

Professor of International Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Ben Nickels is professor of International Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he also serves as course director of the Europe-Africa Security Seminar.

Prior to joining the Marshall Center in 2018, Dr. Nickels was Academic Chair for Transnational Threats and Counterterrorism at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (2011-2018), where he worked with security professionals on the ground in twenty-four African countries. He previously served as faculty researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) (2009-2011), and as an analyst and team supervisor for a defense contractor in the U.S. Army (2007-2009).

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Stephen Noguera

U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service Chair
Professor of National Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Special Agent Stephen Noguera serves as the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service Chair and Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ College of International and Security Studies. He also serves as a Deputy Program Director for the Countering Transnational Organized Crime Course (CTOC).

Special Agent Noguera began his law enforcement career in Southern California in 1988 and worked a variety of assignments as a Police Officer and Detective to include positions focused on drugs, gangs, organized crime and criminal intelligence.

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Jonathan G. Odom, J.D., LL.M.

Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy
Military Professor of International Law
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom is a judge advocate (i.e., licensed attorney) in the U.S. Navy. Currently, he serves as a Military Professor of International Law in the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, where his principal areas of research and teaching are public international law, maritime security, and international territorial-maritime disputes.

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Dr. Matthew Rhodes

Professor of National Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Matthew Rhodes is a professor of national security studies at the Marshall Center.  He arrived at the center in 2003. His principle interests include U.S. foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, and Central and Southeast European security issues.

Dr. Rhodes previously served as assistant professor of strategy and international security at the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama from 1999-2003; assistant professor in the department of political science at Central College, Pella, Iowa from 1998-1999; and Jan Hus Foundation Academic Mentor in the department of politics and European studies at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic from 1997-1998.

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Colonel James Turner

Director of Academics
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Colonel James Turner serves as the Director of Academics for the College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He arrived at the Marshall Center in July 2017.

His previous assignments include: Director of the Central Asia Program, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Course Director for the U.S. Air Force Wing Commanders’ Seminar at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama; Deputy Commander of the 39th Mission Support Group at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; Chief of Force and Family Readiness and Contingency and Readiness Officer at Headquarters, United States European Command (USEUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany; J1 Director, Special Operations Command Africa in Stuttgart, Germany; Commander, 39th Force Sup...

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Joseph Vann

Professor of Transnational Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Professor Vann is a Professor of Transnational Security Studies and director of the Marshall Center’s Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime.  Professor Vann’s expertise lies in addressing transnational security challenges, developing national security strategies, and other strategy approaches to solving national security threats. He has more than 31 years of government service with more than five years association with the Marshall Center. Professor Vann has been a member of the teaching faculty for the Program on Terrorism Security Studies, the Program on Applied Secur...

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Sebastian von Münchow, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Security Studies and International/European Law
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Sebastian von Münchow is a lecturer of security studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Dr. von Münchow studied law at the Free University of Berlin, the Université de Lausanne and the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. After receiving the Masters of Law, he took the Berlin bar exam.

He earned his doctorate in international relations from the University of Vienna. His thesis focused on the United Nation mission in Cambodia as a case study for multilateral engagements in post conflict peace-building.

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Dr. Petra Weyland

Professor of Middle Eastern Affairs
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Petra Weyland has been a professor of Middle Eastern affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies since 2003.  Her expertise is in Islam/Islamism; political, social and cultural aspects of transformation in the Middle East; Islam and the West; the peace process in the Middle East; civil-military cooperation; peace support operations; and intercultural dialogue.

Prior to the Marshall Center, Dr. Weyland was a professor at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Hamburg, from 1993-2003.

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James Kenneth Wither

Professor of National Security Studies
Director, Senior Fellowship Programs
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Professor James Wither has been a faculty member at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies since 2000. He is Professor of National Security Studies and Director of the Senior Fellows Program. Since 2008, he has also been a member of the teaching faculty of the Program in Terrorism and Security Studies.

Professor Wither holds an MSc in strategic studies from the University of Wales, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University, UK, a BA (Hons) in history from Kings College, University of London and a postgraduate diploma in further and higher education, from Garnett College, University of London. He also completed the basic and advanced negotiation workshops at Harvard University Law School.

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Valbona Zeneli, Ph.D.

Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Department
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Zeneli joined the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in August 2011 as a professor of national security studies. She is also Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Department. Previously, she also served as the Black Sea and Eurasia program director and deputy director for the Central and Southeast Europe program.

Valbona Zeneli is member of the teaching faculty for the Program in Applied Security Studies (PASS), the Program on Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking (CNIT), the Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS), the Senior Executive Seminar (SES), and the Seminar on Regional Security (SRS).  She is also involved with Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes as a member of the working group on Southeast Europe, and of the security sector reform working group.