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Dr. Volker C. Franke

Dr. Volker C. Franke is Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Associate Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. He is the Founding Director of the Ph.D. program in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University (2010-12) and served as Director of Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), one of Germany’s premier peace and conflict research and capacity building institutes (2006-08). From 1998 to 2007, he was Director and Managing Editor of the National Security Studies Case Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Dr. Franke is the author of Preparing for Peace: Military Identity, Value-Orientations, and Professional Military Education (Praeger 1999) and more than 30 journal articles, book chapters, case studies, and research reports on issues related to peace and security studies, conflict management, civil-military relations, development policy, and social identity. He is also the editor of Terrorism and Peacekeeping: New Security Challenges (Praeger 2005), Security in a Changing World: Case Studies in U.S. National Security Management (Praeger 2002), and co-editor (both with Robert H. “Robin” Dorff) of Conflict Management and “Whole of Government:” Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? (SSI, 2012). Dr. Franke holds an MA in political science and sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany; an M.P.A. from North Carolina State University; and a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Volker C. Franke

  • Conflict Management and Peacebuilding: Pillars of a New American Grand Strategy

    October 16, 2013

    Edited by Dr. Volker C. Franke, Dr. Robert H. Dorff.
    View the Executive Summary

    The authors examine the utility of the U.S. Government’s whole-of-government (WoG) approach for responding to the challenging security demands of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. They specifically discuss the strategic objectives of interagency cooperation particularly in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict management.

  • Conflict Management and "Whole of Government": Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy?

    April 17, 2012

    Edited by Dr. Volker C. Franke, Dr. Robert H. Dorff.
    Intended to facilitate dialogue between academic experts, military leaders, policymakers, and civilian practitioners, this edited volume provides a state of the art analysis of current whole of government (WoG) approaches and their effectiveness for coordinating stabilization and peacebuilding efforts. It explores the question: Can “smart power”—using the right tool for each operational context—successfully shift the burden of stability operations to civilian actors and enable the timely scaling-down of military deployments?

SSI articles, editorial, and briefs by Dr. Volker C. Franke