Our staff consists of experienced analysts with extensive backgrounds in academia, diplomacy, science, and the political arena. Click on the names below for a short bio:
Stephen Bowers,Director
Kathryn Blass, Website Administrator
Kyle Statham, Research Associate
Catriana Donovan, Website Coordinator 
Ceslav Ciobanu 
Valeria Ciobanu
Hon. John B. Conlan
Thomas Houlahan
Gregory A. Itskovich, Ph.D. 
Edward N. Kassira, MD, MPH, Ph.D.
Frederick E. Schultze
Filip Razvon Ghitescu
Georgiana Constantin, Research Associate


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EDWARD N. KASSIRA, MD, MPH, Ph.D.











Dr. Kassira has over twenty-five years experience in the field of epidemiology and public health in the United States and abroad.

• State of Maryland, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene U.S.A 1987-2005, Epidemiologist. In this position, he investigated communicable disease outbreaks.
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC), International Health Program Office, Atlanta, 1991-1994

Educational background:
• PhD. in Microbiology/Epidemiology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC,
• MA, M.Sc. in Hygiene, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.
• MD, M.P.H. in Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore,
• M.D., University of Baghdad Medical College, Baghdad.

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FREDERICK E. SCHULTZE











Educational background:
St. Andrews University, Scotland
Schultze is a graduate of Central Connecticut State (1989)
and Connecticut Wesleyan (1995)

He is the author of "Breaking the cycle: Empirical Research in Post-Graduate Studies on Terrorism" in Andrew Silke's highly acclaimed

Research on Terrorism: Trends, Achievements, and Failure (2004).
He is the co-author of "The Politics of Perceptions" which appeared in the July, 2005 issue of the Armed Forces Journal.

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CESLAV CIOBANU










Ceslav Ciobanu is Senior Research Scholar with the Center for Security and Science. He served as Moldovan Ambassador to the US from 1999 through 2003. Previously, he was an economics advisor to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Following the collapse of the USSR, he assumed responsibility for Moldova’s economic privatization program. He has a PhD in Economics from Moscow State University. He is now an Associate Professor of Economics at Virginia State University.

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THOMAS HOULAHAN











J.D. Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, N.H. (1995)
M.S. (Government) Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C. (1987)
B.S. (Social Sciences) Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C. (1985)
Military Analyst, state-wide (New Hampshire) television and radio during the Gulf Conflict
Political Columnist (1990-92), New London (N.H.), Times, The Hometown Messenger,The Highland Journal.
Author, Gulfwar: The Complete History (1999).
Lecturer: James Madison University, Fort Hood and Fort Knox
Adjunct Researcher, House Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee (1988-90)
Member, New Hampshire House of Representatives (1992-94).

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STEPHEN R. BOWERS










-Director of the Center for Security and Science
-Professor of Government, Helms School of Government, Liberty  University, Lynchburg, Virginia
-Member of the faculties of Berry College and Floyd Junior College in  Rome, Georgia and of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens,  Tennessee.
-Lecturer, Special Warfare Center, Ft. Bragg
-Joint Staff Officer, Special Operations Command (Europe), Stuttgart,  Germany
-Operations Staff Officer, US Special Operations Command MacDill Air  Force Base, Tampa, Florida
-Advisor, US Department Of State, Partnership for Peace Program,  Moldova, 1995
-Guest of Moldovan Parliament, 1991
-Vice-Rector, Romanian American University
-Co-authored Technology and Terrorism: The New Threat for the  Millenium, 1998.
-Author Ethnic Politics in East Europe, 1992, as well as numerous  publications dealing with Eastern Europe and contemporary issues of  international terrorism

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FILIP RAZVAN GHITESC
Researcher and Director for Romanian Affairs












Educational Background:

BBA - International Business - Romanian American University, Bucharest
MBA – James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Work Experience:

Project Manager, German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and
Consumer Protection / Romanian-German-Italian PHARE Twinning
Project “Further Support for the Full Implementation of the Integrated
Administration and Control System (IACS) in Romania”, Bucharest,
Romania Mar 2006 – ongoing;

Counselor for European Affairs – Romanian Ministry of European
Integration/Romanian Ministry of Agriculture, Bucharest, Romania
Oct 2003 – Mar 2006;

Programmer – SNP Petrom SA, Bucharest, Romania,
Oct 2001 – Oct 2003;

Program Coordinator, William R. Nelson Institute for Public Affairs, Harrisonburg VA
Academic & Research:

Co-authored the research paper “Economic Crime in Romania”. The study was published in 2001 in
the Journal of Social, Economic and Political Science (Washington, DC)

Between 2004 and 2005 I represented Romania at the “Control with Remote Sensing in Agriculture”
conferences - organized by the European Commission (DG – Joint Research Center).

Participated to workshops and conferences organized by DG-JRC/Agrifish

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HON. JOHN B. CONLAN












Education:
Harvard University Law School, Juris Doctor Degree
Northwestern University, B. S. Degree (Chemistry)
University of Cologne, Germany, Fulbright Scholar – Int’l Trade & Investment
Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands

Legal experience:
45 years as attorney and advisor to businesses, including extensive real estate development and construction, trade and information technology. Extensive corporate acquisition and merger, contract and negotiation experience. Currently, investor and advisor on investment projects in eastern Europe.

Government Relations:
Expert in drafting, amending, advancing or blocking legislation and government relations, both as an elected "insider" legislator and as a paid "outsider" lobbyist.
Served 12 years as State Senator and United States Congressman.

Marketing and Promotion:
Co-owner of Advertising and Public Relations Agency for commercial and real estate development clients; developer of local, state and national programs for civic action and non-profit organizations
Expert in organizing and managing political campaigns, building a political Party and Parliamentary Coalitions, and grass-roots volunteer networks. Ten year resident of N.I.S. countries, 5 years in Ukraine. Member, European Business Association in Ukraine. Advisor, International Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine.

Personal:
Former U.S. Army paratrooper Captain, 24th Inf. Div., Pentagon, & US ARMY EUROPE Headquarters. Faculty Lecturer: Univ. of Maryland and Arizona State Universities on “American Foreign Policy” and “International Affairs”, and Business Law. Lecturer in German and English on ‘Eastern Europe and Soviet Strategy, Tactics, Methods’. Traveled in 80 countries; lived 12 years in Europe & CIS

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VALERIA CIOBANU












Valeria is a lawyer who has worked with the Moldovan President's Documentation Service. She has focused much of her activities on the problem of human rights. In 1997 and 1998 she worked with the Moldovan Helsinki Committee for Human Rights as a lawyer, programs coordinator and program assistant. In this quality she organized workshops on Human Rights in the Penitentiary System of the Republic of Moldova, on the Rights of the Refugees and of the Internal Displaced Persons in Republic of Moldova, as well as on Human Rights in Electoral Platforms of Political Parties. She participated in several international seminars on human rights in Poland, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Canada. Valeria is fluent in English, Russian and Romanian.

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GREGORY A. ITSKOVICH, Ph.D.










Professional experience:

• Organization of health-related educational projects and their implementation in cooperation with US and foreign officials and industry leaders
• Establishment of hospital departments, clinics, medical universities
• Training of faculties, physicians and technical personal
• Overall management of visits to the USA of foreign officials and their medical teams
• Cooperation with medical institutions, philanthropic organizations to secure funding of overseas projects
• Coordination of design and manufacture of electronic diagnostic instruments
• Distance education
• Clinical telemedicine
• Writing grant requests for funding of overseas projects

Educational background:

Biomedical Engineering, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. In residence since 1992
Ph.D. in Medical Engineering. State Military Medical Academy, Leningrad, USSR, 1984
MS in Medical Engineering, Electra-Technical Institute Leningrad, U.S.S.R., 1980
B.S. in Electro-Mechanics and Telecommunications, Electra-Technical College, Kishinev, Moldova.

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KYLE STATHAM
Research Associate


















Graduate of Liberty University with a B.A. in Government: International Relations. He serves in the US Virginia National Guard as a reconnaissance scout. He is a founder of an organization called Area Vitae taking the initiative to alleviate the problems of world's orphan population through education reform, while teaching selective college college courses in Bucharest, Romania as a Distance Learning Intensive instructor. 

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​CATRIANA DONOVAN
Website Coordinator, Research Associate
















Catriana Donovan is an undergraduate student at Liberty University majoring in International Relations and minoring in Linguistics. Her languages of specialty include Chinese and Russian. She is also a teacher's assistant and research associate.

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KATHRYN BLASS
Website Administrator














Kathryn Blass is an undergraduate student at Liberty University, majoring in Politics and Policy and minoring in Strategic Intelligence. She is also the Vice President for Student Government Relations for the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and a website administrator. 

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GEORGIANA CONSTANTIN
Researcher, Journalist, Jurist, and Intercultural liaison










Law school graduate who has studied International, European and Romanian law at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest and received her Masters from the Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest
Center for Security and Science
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