Professor Louis D. Sell

Louis D. 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 establish 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 Colonel (Ret.) Michael E. Hess

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.


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 Nickolas D. “Dan” Macchiarella, Ph.D.

Dr. Macchiarella is 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.


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.


Professor Rachel McGinnis, Ph.D

rachel_mcginnis, PhDDr. McGinnis is an interdisciplinary scholar focusing on the fields of conflict science, sexual violence, and mass atrocities. Currently, she is the Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at RIT Kosovo. Dr. McGinnis’ research focal point is sexual violence during conflict and forced displacement concentrating specifically on male victimization. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), a Bachelor and a Master of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of her research, Rachel has taught at RIT in both the Political Science and the Sociology/Anthropology departments. She also teaches at the Embry-Riddle (ERAU) University at the graduate level in Security Studies and International Affairs. She has developed several courses at RIT at the undergrad level, e.g. the Politics of Genocide, Globalization and the Nation-State, and The Troubles: Conflict in Northern Ireland. Her recent focus in teaching was Cultural Images of War and Terror, Global Exiles, and Human Rights. In addition, at ERAU she has taught Intro to Human Security, Principles of International Conflict Resolution, Environmental Security, and Conflict Resolution, which she also developed for their Masters of Science in Homeland Security and Resilience degree. In addition, over the last few years, she has spent time volunteering in France, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and the Turk-Syrian border. She works with forcibly displaced children who suffer from PTSD due to conflict utilizing art, music, and sports therapy. Rachel’s additional contribution to the academic community is that she is currently in her second term as Vice-Executive Secretary (2015-2019) of the International Network of Genocide Scholars. While involved with this organization and on its behalf, she has successfully applied for a non-profit/charity status, maintained the INoGS website, and assisted in organizing three major global conferences. Rachel has played a key role in the ideation of the 7th INoGS Global Conference, which will be held in RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) on 24-26 September of 2020 where ethnic conflict and collective violence in the past still overshadow present efforts of reconciliation and state-building. The conference aims to continue the established tradition of interdisciplinary research in Genocide studies.