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Dr. Sean McFate

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Dr. Sean McFate is an expert in security sector transformation. He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs. He is also an Adjunct Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously, he was a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and also a Program Director of national security at the Bipartisan Policy Center, both think tanks in Washington DC. Before working in academia and policy, Dr. McFate was a Program Manager for DynCorp International, a company that provides technical services for the U.S. Government. There he helped create and manage unique programs in Africa, such as demobilizing and then rebuilding Liberia’s army “from the ground up” after the 14-year civil war and Charles Taylor’s exile in 2003. He also managed programs in the Great Lakes region and other parts of Africa. Prior to this, he was an officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. After serving in the military, he advised Amnesty International USA on human rights and armed conflict issues. He was also an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and a Business Advisor at BearingPoint, now part of Deloitte Consulting. He served on the editorial board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Sage Publications). Dr. McFate is the author of Durable Disorder: The Return of Private Armies and the Emergence of Neomedievalism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has published articles in Foreign Policy, African Affairs, Military Review, Royal United Services Institute Journal, and Review of African Political Economy. He has authored six book chapters in edited volumes on foreign affairs and written special reports for the United States Institute of Peace and the Stanley Foundation, and was a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence as well as War Crimes and Trials: A Historical Encyclopedia. Dr. McFate holds double BAs from Brown University, an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.

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