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PhD INCM Program has first three Dissertation Proposal Defenses

The PhD INCM program is honored to announce the first PhD students to become Candidates within the program.

Ms. Rebecca LeFebvre
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Topic - Deciding to Fight:A cross-cultural comparison of decision making in conflict situations.

BIO Academics: MS in Computer Science, National Technological Institute, U.S., 1994; BS in Electrical Engineering, Rice University, U.S., 1986. Professional Experience: Vice President of Product Development, News Distribution Network, Atlanta, GA, 2009-2010; Vice President of Program Management for Digital Media Technology, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Atlanta, GA, 2006-2009; Board Member for Refugee Family Services of Metro Atlanta, 2006-2008; Senior Director of Product Operations for Energy Systems Group, Motorola, Inc., Atlanta, GA and North-brook, IL, 1989-2005;Flight Control Engineer for NASA Space Shuttle Program, Rockwell Shuttle Operations, Houston, TX, 1986–1989. Research Interests: Culturally-based decision theory ap-plied to conflict situations; simulations and dynamic systems modeling of conflict related issues; impact of globalization and technology on conflict.

Ms. Eliza Markley
Monday, September 10, 2012
Topic - Building Social Capital in the Military: A Study of George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

BIO Academics: MA in Sociology, Spiru Haret University, Bucharest-Romania, 2008; BA in Sociology, University of Bucharest, Romania, 1995; Professional Experience: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, 2008 - 2010. Romanian Army Public Affairs Officer, State Department of Defense, Bucharest, Romania, 1995-2006; Public Affairs Officer and spokesperson for the Coalition, US Central Command, Tampa, Fl., 2004-2005. Research interests: sociology of violence and peace, terrorism and religion, immigration, religious and ethnic conflict and hate crimes. Language Skills: Romanian (native).

Mr. Eddie Mienie
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Topic - South Africa's Demise? A Case of Latent Fragility

BIO Academics: BA in Law, University of South Africa, 1984; LLB Courses, University of Cape Town, 1985; International Relations, Trade, Finance, Media Relations & Law Courses, School of Diplomacy, South Africa, 1987-1989; Courses in Conflict Resolution & Negotiation, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 1996; SAP & ASAP Certification, Walldorf, Germany (Enterprise Resource Planning), 1998. Professional Experience: SAP Software Consultant, 1999-2010; Diplomat, South Africa, 1987-1998: Deputy-Ambassador to Switzerland, Bern, 1994-1998; Personal Political Advisor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pretoria, South Africa, 1992-1994; Personal Political Advisor to Ambassador, US Government/Congressional Liaison, Washington, D.C., 1989-1992; Mediator, Trade Union and Employer Association – Furniture Industrial Council, Western Cape, South Africa, 1986; Active Military Conscript (Angolan War). Research Interests: Non-State Security Actors and State Fragility; Role of Public Diplomacy in Conflict Management; Counter-Terrorism; Nuclear Non-Proliferation. Language Skills: Afrikaans (fluent); German (fluent); Dutch (intermediate); Flemish (intermediate).

They have all successfully defended their dissertation proposals and have now fully entered their PhD Dissertation phase.

We wish them all the best as they pioneer into this phase of their doctoral program!

Posted: January 19, 2013