VOLKER FRANKE is Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University (KSU) and the Founding Director of KSU's PhD program in International Conflict Management. Dr. Franke is also Founder and Chairman of TRENDS Global, an Atlanta-area based nonprofit dedicated to research and engagement in diverse communities. During the Academic Year 2016/17, Dr. Franke has been appointed part-time Visiting Professor with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Franke 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 (2006-2008). From 1998-2007, 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 holds a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University's Maxwell School, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from North Carolina State University and a MA in political science and sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He is the author of Preparing for Peace: Military Identity, Value-Orientations, and Professional Military Education(Praeger 1999) and more than 40 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) and Security in a Changing World: Case Studies in U.S. National Security Management(Praeger 2002), and co-editor Understanding Complex Military Operations (Routledge 2015), Conflict Management and "Whole of Government:" Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? (Strategic Studies Institute 2012) and Conflict Management and Peacebuilding: Pillars of a new American Grand Strategy? (Strategic Studies Institute, 2014).