2019 MC Scholars Winners

By Christopher Burelli
Alumni Programs
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Dec. 20, 2018) – The Marshall Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Alumni Scholars Program. 

This year, Alumni Programs received 150 applications for 20 available scholarships. 

The competition was extremely tough, and we congratulate all applicants on their outstanding work assembling their application packages.

If your proposal was not selected, please do not be discouraged.  Your continuing work in international security studies makes an essential contribution to global peace and security. 

Marshall Center alumni from around the world are having a positive impact and continue to use the alumni network to resolve important challenges.  All applications will be kept on file, and if we have additional need for information on your proposed topic, we will contact you.

Thank you all again for taking the time to apply.  The overwhelming response reiterates how many alumni want to stay connected and to continue the work started here. 

We plan to offer this program for 2020, and we look forward to hearing from you.  Applications for the 2020 program will be solicited in August of 2019.  Announcements and instructions will be emailed to all alumni, and posted here on GlobalNET.


Below are the winners and their research topics


derrick attachieCDR Derrick Attachie, Ghana: Countering Transnational Organised Maritime Crimes in the Gulf of Guinea: Harmonizing Legal Regimes and enhancing Judicial Cooperation

yury bosinDr. Yuri Bosin, Russian Federation: Sanctions, Nord Stream and LNG: Dilemmas for European Energy Security

balsa bozovicBalsa Bozovic, Serbia: Is democracy possible in ethnically divided Balkans? A security perspective

irene burduliIrene Burduli and Marina Malvenishvili (Joint Proposal), Georgia: Countering Russian cyber threats in post-soviet states from Baltics to Georgia and Ukraine (strategy on cyber confidence-building measures in former soviet states)

kujtim bytyqiKujtim Bytyqi, Kosovo: Returning Kosovan Jihadist Foreign Fighters: Assessing the Threat

corneliu cormanCOL Corneliu Corman, Moldova: Investigation of new element of Russian soft power in Eastern Europe - Military Patriotic Education of the young generation of Transnistria

claudiu dicuMAJ Claudiu Dicu, Romania: Terrorist threat to civil aviation, land and maritime transportation system in Europe

sandra dumitrescuChief Inspector Sandra Dumitrescu, Romania: EU’s border management model: Towards militarization and externalization of border checks?

elikem fiamavleLTC Elikem Fiamavle, Ghana: Securing Africa’s cyberspace: The Case of Ghana’s Digital Journey

lasha giorgidzeLasha Giorgidze, Giorgia: Addressing emerging threats from Foreign Terrorist Fighters who have developed skills in making IEDs or weaponizing CBRN materials

natalia haluhanNataliia Haluhan, Ukraine: Economic Dimension of Hybrid Aggression on the Eastern Flank: Non-military Means Aimed to Challenge Transatlantic Solidarity

malgorzata jankowskaMalgorzata Jankowska, Poland: Is China a factor in addressing security challenges in Central and Eastern Europe arising from a resurgent Russia?

anna juliano1LT Anna Juliano, USA: European Union Public Health Infrastructure: A Methodic Assessment of Capabilities and Cooperativeness in Bioterror Incident Response

michael maharajLCDR Michael Maharaj, Trinidad and Tobago: Transnational Criminal Organizations and Terrorism: The Case of the Jamaat al Muslimeen and Implications for State Security

drew ninnisDr. Drew Ninnis, Australia: Does China's future include Russia?

laurentiu popescuCAPT Laurentiu Popescu, Romania: Marriage of Convenience: Russia and the European Radical-Right Forces - An Assessment of Russian and European Radical-Right Convergent Interests in Undermining EU and NATO Cohesion on Domestic and Foreign Policy Issues

lea grace salcedoLea-Grace Salcedo, Philippines: Terrorism: The Two Faces of a Woman

tomas smetankaAmbassador Tomas Smetanka, Czech Republic: Russia in the Middle East: implications for European security

nataliya tkachukLTC Nataliya Tkachuk, Ukraine: National Cyber Security System of Ukraine: Perspectives of Policy Development and Capacity Building