Professor Louis D. Sell

Louis Sell worked as a Foreign Service Officer for 28 years with the U.S. Department of State, including eight years each in Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union or Russia.  He served as US representative to the Joint Consultative Group in Vienna, Director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis, Chief of the office of US-Soviet Bilateral Political Relations, and as Executive Secretary of the US delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks.  From 1995 – 1996 he served as political adviser to Carl Bildt, the first High Representative for Bosnian Peace Implementation.  In that capacity he attended the Dayton Peace Conference and participated in the first year of implementation of the Dayton accords.  In 2000 he served as Kosovo Director of the International Crisis Group. Serving as Executive Director of the American University in Kosovo Foundation (AUKF) from 2003 to 2007, Louis Sell helped found the American University in Kosovo.

He has a B. A. from Franklin and Marshall College (1969) and an M. A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Mr. Sell’s political biography of Slobodan Milosevic, Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, was published by Duke University Press in 2002.  His book, “From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR,” is due to be published by Duke Press in the fall of 2016.   He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and an associate at the Harvard Davis Center for Russia and Eurasia.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine at Farmington and lives with his family in a 200-year-old farm in Whitefield, Maine.

Professor Jock Covey

Jock Covey served as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General at the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) 1999 to 2001 and as Deputy High Representative in Sarajevo from the creation of the Office of the High Representative in 1995.

He was Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Bechtel Corporation until 2010, where he was responsible for external affairs and issue management, security, and sustainability services, and closely supported Bechtel’s work in Iraq.

He also served twice as Special Assistant to the President at the National Security Council — first in the Reagan administration for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs and again in the Clinton administration for implementation of the Dayton Peace accords.  As a commissioned Foreign Service Officer, he served as Chief of the U.S. Mission in Berlin, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.  He negotiated the military portions of the Israel-Egypt-US Treaty implementing the Camp David Accords, was a member of the Habib cease-fire team in Beirut following the 1982 Israeli invasion, and served in Jerusalem and Pretoria.

He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the US National Defense University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served in the US Army, taught high school in Uganda, and co-authored Quest for Viable Peace: International Intervention and Strategies for Conflict Transformation.

Professor Leonard R. Hawley

Len Hawley served on the policy team of the National 9/11 Commission.  He was responsible for investigating U.S. counterterrorism policy in State, Defense, Justice, OMB, and the FBI from 1998 through the attacks of September 11, 2001.

He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration where he directed U.S. engagement and political-military preparations for multilateral interventions to regional crises including Kosovo, East Timor, Lebanon, Congo, Sierra Leone, Eritrea-Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.

He worked at the White House on the National Security Council staff as Director for Multilateral Affairs where he coordinated U.S. political-military planning for multilateral complex contingencies.  He was also responsible for U.S. government efforts to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations to respond to crises. Prior to serving at the White House, he acted as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Len worked as a congressional staffer in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.  He served in the US Army for twenty-five years where he deployed with ground combat units overseas in Vietnam and Germany, and he was a research fellow at the Naval War College and also at the National Defense University.

Currently, Len advises US officials at the National Security Council, State Department, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on contemporary policy issues and interagency pol-mil planning.  And he serves as a senior mentor for executive leadership courses sponsored by the State Department and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Col. Michael E. Hess (retired)

Michael Hess joined MPRI as Vice President for Development and Stability Operations in August 2009 after serving as Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Hess was in that position from June 2005 until January 2009.

Prior to his appointment to USAID, he worked as a Senior Risk Reviewer and Vice President at Citibank, responsible for monitoring and evaluating 15 areas of risk for corporate finance units at Citigroup Inc. in New York.

Hess has over 30 years of active and reserve service in the United States Military. He received his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1971, and has served in humanitarian operations in Turkey, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. Hess served in both command and staff assignments in the U.S. and Germany and taught European History at the United States Military Academy.

In April 2003, Colonel (Ret.) Hess was recalled to active duty to serve as the humanitarian coordinator in the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority, assisting in the establishment of the 2,000-person multinational organization responsible for establishing a representative government for Iraq as well as for rebuilding Iraqi infrastructure.
Hess has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in European History from Columbia University in New York, a master’s in business administration and international finance from New York University in New York, and is a graduate of the National Strategic Studies Program at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Robert Muharremi

Robert Muharremi has graduated in law at the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, and he has obtained a Ph.D. from the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, in law. He has also earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the University of London/SOAS.

Dr. Muharremi has provided legal and policy advice to several government institutions in Kosovo, including the Office of the Prime Minister, the Assembly of Kosovo, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health. He has also worked as a consultant for different foreign and international organizations, such as USAID, EU, UN, GIZ, DFID, UNDP. During his carrier, Robert has participated in the development and drafting of legislation in areas including public-private partnerships and concessions, property, mining, arbitration, and foreign investments. He has also assisted in the establishment and functioning of various Kosovo institutions, such as the Secretariat of the Assembly of Kosovo, the Kosovo Security Council, the Constitutional Court of Kosovo and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He has published in various academic journals on legal and public policy topics. He is a member of the International Law Association and an Associate with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.

Dr. Aidan Hehir

Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. He gained his PhD in 2005 and has previously worked at the University of Limerick and the University of Sheffield. His research interests include the Responsibility to Protect, humanitarian intervention, Kosovo, and the laws governing the use of force.   He is co-convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on the Responsibility to Protect and is currently working on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded three-year project on “The Responsibility to Protect and Liberal Norms”.

Dr. Hehir has published widely in a number of academic journals including International SecurityThe Journal of Peace Research and Cooperation and Conflict. He is author and/or editor of numerous books, including Humanitarian Intervention An Introduction(Palgrave 2013); Libya, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention (with Robert W. Murray, Palgrave 2013); The Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric, Reality and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention (Palgrave, 2012);Humanitarian Intervention After Kosovo (Palgrave, 2008), Kosovo, Intervention and State building (Routledge, 2010), International Law, Security and Ethics (Routledge, 2010 & 2014. Co-editor), and State building: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2007 & 2009. Co-editor).

Dr. Venera Demukaj

Venera Demukaj joined RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Faculty in 2011. She teaches Development Economics, Natural Resource Economics, and Senior Capstone.  She also supervises RIT Kosovo ™ (A.U.K) Honors’ Society projects. Previously she has worked at the University of Prishtina and Institute for Development Research Riinvest.

Professor Demukaj received her Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, University of Trento, with a dissertation on ‘Aid Effectiveness in Post-Conflict Countries’. During her Ph.D. research, she spent three months as an intern at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki.

In 2015 Dr. Demukaj was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent four months as a visiting scholar at West Virginia University. She has also been involved in several national and regional projects as a team leader or principal investigator such as UNDP project on  ‘Second Millennium Development Report for Kosovo’ (2007); Regional Research Promotion Project (RRPP) on ‘Education Specific Corruption in Western Balkan’ (2012-2013); USAID BEEP/Balkan Trust for Democracy Project on Economic Development and Political Transition in Kosovo (2012-2013). Her main research interests are post-conflict transitions; foreign aid; poverty reduction; and energy policies. Dr. Demukaj’s  published work deals with political economy of post-war reconstruction and development in Kosovo.

Dr. Mark Baskin, Ph.D

Professor Baskin is the Director of the Peace and Conflict Program at RIT-Kosovo. Professor Baskin has worked extensively over the past 30 years extensively in academia and public affairs.  He served as Chief of Party of the Kosovo Transitional Leadership – Scholarships and Partnerships Program, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development.  He earlier was Research Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany’s Department of Political Science and a senior fellow at the Center for International Development at the State University of New York (SUNY), where he worked in development projects in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and director of research at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada. From 1993 to 2000 he worked in United Nations Peace Operations in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo, and he held Fulbright and IREX fellowships in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria in the 1970s and 1980s.

His research has focused on ethnicity and nationalism in socialist Yugoslavia, the economic and political transitions in the Balkans, rule of law, governance and institutional development. He has published and lectured in North America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Dr. Baskin received his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Karen A. Feste

Professor, Korbel School of International Studies. Director, Conflict Resolution Program, University of Denver. https://www.du.edu/korbel/faculty/feste.html


Nickolas D. “Dan” Macchiarella, Ph.D.

Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. Dan entered the world of academe 17 years ago. Assignments and responsibilities over the past 17 years include teaching, research, curricula development, academic program creation, faculty senate service and administrative leadership. He served as the Aeronautical Science chair. Dan’s responsibilities included degree programs for professional pilots and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) science. As an administrator, Dan had oversight responsibility for the university’s dual enrollment high school STEM program. The dual enrollment program included 2900 students at 72 locations studying aviation and aerospace. His research portfolio includes serving as Principal Investigator (PI), Chief Pilot, and Operational Test Pilot. Dan’s research expertise focuses upon the adaptation of computer-based technologies to enhance flight training and flight operations for traditional aircraft and UAS. Several of his research activities highlight this specialization. He served as PI for the university’s Flight Training Device Effectiveness Study. This research heavily applied fixed-based flight simulation to train FAA certified pilots. The study constituted the largest transfer or training study completed in academe. The results of the study enabled a deep integration of simulation into pilot training. An invention resulting from the research was SAFTE – VAT (Synthetic Automated Flight Training Environment)-(Virtual Air Traffic). SAFTE-VAT was used to conduct FAA research–Synthetic Speech and Visual Data Communications for Flight Deck Use–to examine the use of synthetic speech on a NextGen enabled flight deck. Researchers focused on how a synthetic speech system could reduce pilot need to focus attention heads down while in flight. The benefits included reducing workload and enhancing situational awareness. Dan has numerous publications ranging from book chapters and journals to government reports. Print and electronic media have used interviews with Dan on multiple occasions for stories addressing professional pilot education and UAS operations. Dan serves as a standing member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee. Over the past thirty-three years his flight experience includes the US, Europe and Asia.


M.A Christina L. Coleman

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