Ahmet S. Yayla
Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. is co‐author of the just released book, ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate. He is Deputy Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and is also Adjunct Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He formerly served as Professor and the Chair of the Sociology Department at Harran University in Turkey. He is the former Chief of Counterterrorism and Operations Division for the Turkish National Police with a 20‐year career interviewing terrorists.
Harrison Owen is the inventor of Open Space Technology (OST). Below are links to reviews of his two most important books. At his home page (click on the photo) are links to Papers and other gold nuggets.
Review: Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self-Organizing World
Review: The Practice of Peace
“Learning as Transformation” is one of his more important and most widely-read online papers.
Harrison Owen @ Phi Beta Iota
Andrew Garfield, a U.S citizen since 2010, served in the British military and then as a senior civilian intelligence officer, finishing his U.K. government service as a policy advisor in the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD). His specializations included Counter Terrorism (CT), Counter Insurgency Operations (COIN) and Information Operations (IO).
From 2003 until 2010 he taught modules on a U.S. Army officers course held at Fort Bragg NC. Between 2005 and 2006, he was head of operations for a U.S. Strategic Communications company providing in-country public relations support to Multi National Corp Iraq (MNC-I). From 2005 to 2012 he was also a senior lecturer for the Naval Post Graduate School pre-deployment program for all U.S. Army commanders and staffs from Brigade to Corps level serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this capacity, he gave lectures on CT, COIN, IO and population or Human Terrain research to over 150 Corps, Division, and Brigade commanders and their staffs.
In 2006, Mr Garfield founded Glevum Associates LLC, a company that specializes in conducting population research and program evaluation and monitoring in conflict and post conflict societies. This has included in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the Yemen and Lebanon. His company has conducted over 200 polls and thousands of focus groups and depth interviews (over 750,000 interviews in total), asking mission critical questions of all sections of these troubled societies. This has even included interviewing dozens of active members of the Taliban and conducting reliable and accurate polling during the last two Afghan Presidential elections. These interviews were undertaken in the most dangerous locales, often in the midst of conflict and major operations and at great risk and cost to the field researchers (seven researchers have been killed). The analysis of this data has provided vital insights into, the attitudes, needs, wants, communications and behaviours of contested populations – the key terrain in modern conflict.
“You can only understand a country if you engage directly with its people.”
Andrew is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI).
Andrew Garfield @ Phi Beta Iota
Robert Young Pelton
Author, filmmaker, journalist, and adventurer Robert Young Pelton continues to overcome extraordinary obstacles in his search for the truth. In his travels to and through the world’s most dangerous places, Pelton bypasses media, border guards, and military groups with the purpose of getting to the heart of the story.
Pelton is also known for penetrating many of the world’s most dangerous terrorist, rebel, and paramilitary organizations. His goal as a neutral observer and accurate chronicler of events has earned him access to all sides of many wars, including being the solitary journalist in combat operations with US Special Forces in Afghanistan and other covert military groups.
As an author, Pelton is best known for his classic underground guide to surviving danger: Robert Young Pelton’s The World’s Most Dangerous Places (Harper Collins), now in its fifth edition. His other books include Come Back Alive (Random House), his intense autobiography, The Adventurist (Broadway Books), and Three Worlds Gone Mad (Lyons Press), a book about the people he met while involved in three separate wars. His most recent works include Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, a book about mercenaries and private contractors (Crown Publishers), and Raven (Penguin), a YA story based on his early childhood.
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency. Parag’s latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016), a book that would not have been possible without his personally visiting over 100 countries for direct human contact and observation.
ROBERT David STEELE Vivas
Robert David Steele created the modern discipline of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and is the single most published Subject Matter Expert (SME) on this topic as well as the larger topics of all-source intelligence reform and electoral reform without which evidence-based ethical decision-making will not materialize.
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