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Michael J. Dziedzic

Senior Fellow

Bio

Dr. Michael J. Dziedzic, Col. (Ret.)
805 Capitol Square Place SW, Washington DC 20024
Phone: (202) 578-8519
Email: michaeldz71@gmail.com
Email: michaeldziedzic@paxadvisory.com

Michael Dziedzic is a retired Colonel with over 20 years of experience in the international civil/military and stabilization field whose career blended the worlds of theory and practice. His scholarly positions have included Professor at the Air Force Academy, the National War College, Georgetown University, and George Mason University and Senior Fellow and Senior Program Officer at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Institute for National Strategic Studies, and US Institute of Peace. His field experience includes postings in a number of societies emerging from protracted conflict, including El Salvador, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. His publications include works that have shaped the way the U.S. approaches peace and stability operations: Policing the New World Disorder identified a recurring “public security gap” in international interventions which led to the creation of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units; Quest for Viable Peace proposed that “conflict transformation” is the essence of the transition from war to sustainable peace, and this concept was adopted by the State Department’s Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization as the paradigm for U.S. strategic planning and was incorporated into the US Army Field Manual 3-07 on Stability Operations. His most recent publications (2016) are Criminalized Power Structures: The Overlooked Enemies of Peace and Combating Criminalized Power Structures: A Toolkit provide empirical evidence that criminalized power structures are the predominant spoilers of peace and stability operations and propose strategies for dealing with them.

Experience

Pax Advisory

Current

  • Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government (Since 2017)
  • Coordinator for Academic Research for the NATO Stability Police Initiative (Since 2017)
  • Member of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Magazine Technical and Scientific Committee (Since 2017)
  • Vice President, Pax Advisory (Since 2016)

2012-2015

  • American University in Kosovo Summer Program team-teaching “The International Community and Conflict Transformation in Kosovo.”
  • Advised Syrian National Council on planning for post-Assad transition as consultant for Danish Government and Public International Law and Policy Group
  • Developed metrics for efficacy of community monitoring of extractive industries in Afghanistan as consultant to US Institute for Peace.
  • Consultant on peace and security with Deloitte.
  • Advising Alliance for Peacebuilding on strategies for addressing emerging challenges in war termination and conflict transformation.
  • Assisted American Society for International Law and Center for Civilians in Conflict on implications for protection of civilians of potential options for military intervention in Syria Advising Syrian Emergency Task Force on strategic considerations for training police in liberated areas of Syria.
  • Developed metrics for National Training Mission-Afghanistan to evaluate capacity building programs for Afghan National Police as consultant with Coffey International Development Ltd.

United States Institute of Peace

Senior Program Officer
United States Institute of Peace (2001-2012)

  • Head of S/CRS asked USIP for assistance with friction between US military and US humanitarian community that had arisen in Afghanistan in 2001-2 during the initial stage of Operation Enduring Freedom. Guided process to develop “Guidelines for Relations between U.S. Armed Forces and Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organizations in Hostile or Potentially Hostile environments.”
  • Sent by State Department to work with UNMIK to develop metrics for determining if standards were being met so talks on Kosovo’s status could begin.
  • Asked by National Security Council (NSC) in 2003 to develop concept for rule of law capability within US Government to avert mayhem like what occurred after fall of Baghdad.
  • Sent by UN to Kosovo to investigate response by UNMIK to 2004 province-wide riots and provide recommendations to avert future inadequacies in maintaining public security.
  • Persuaded State Department to use 2004 G-8 Summit to address “public security gap” (i.e. gap in capacity for robust policing in international peace missions).
  • Developed concept for establishing an international training center, Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU), to address this gap.
  • Proposal was adopted by G-8 and became part of Global Peace Operations Initiative.
  • At graduation of first CoESPU class in 2005 organized international dialogue on challenges in bridging the public security gap and prospective solutions.
  • Organized two Command Development Seminars with Police Division of Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) for deployed commanders of Formed Police Units (FPU) and Police Commissioners in 2007.
  • Organized conference at CoESPU with DPKO to develop standards for evaluating FPU performance and readiness in 2008.
  • Organized initial discussion of doctrine for use of FPUs for protection of civilians in 2011.
  • Developed metrics for National Training Mission-Afghanistan to evaluate capacity building programs for Afghan National Police as consultant with Coffey International Development Ltd. 
  • Head of S/CRS asked USIP for assistance with friction between US military and US humanitarian community that had arisen in Afghanistan in 2001-2 during the initial stage of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Sent by State Department to work with UNMIK to develop metrics for determining if standards were being met so talks on Kosovo’s status could begin.
  • Asked by National Security Council (NSC) in 2003 to develop concept for rule of law capability within US Government to avert mayhem like what occurred after fall of Baghdad.
  • Sent by UN to Kosovo to investigate response by UNMIK to 2004 province-wide riots and provide recommendations to avert future inadequacies in maintaining public security.
  • Persuaded State Department to use 2004 G-8 Summit to address “public security gap” (i.e. gap in capacity for robust policing in international peace missions).
  • Developed concept for establishing an international training center, Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU), to address this gap.
  • Proposal was adopted by G-8 and became part of Global Peace Operations Initiative.
  • At graduation of first CoESPU class in 2005 organized international dialogue on challenges in bridging the public security gap and prospective solutions.
  • Organized two Command Development Seminars with Police Division of Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) for deployed commanders of Formed Police Units (FPU) and Police Commissioners in 2007.
  • Organized conference at CoESPU with DPKO to develop standards for evaluating FPU performance and readiness in 2008.
  • Organized initial discussion of doctrine for use of FPUs for protection of civilians in 2011.

United States Air Force

Colonel
United States Air Force (1971-2001)

  • Seconded by USG to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) as strategic planner for the mission.
  • Air Attaché to the US Embassy in El Salvador
  • Professor US Air Force Academy

Education

  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin 1986
  • MA, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1972
  • BS, US Air Force Academy 1971

Publications

  • Response to “Stability Policing: Why is it taking root so slowly?,” Militaire Spectator, forthcoming.
  • “NATO Should Promptly Implement Stability Policing: Why and How,” Militaire Spectator, 2-2020, February 18, 2020.
  • “Strip the World’s Worst Actors of a Key Financial Tool,” Defense One, May 13, 2018. Available at https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/05/strip-worlds-worst-actors-key-f...
  • Stability Policing: A Tool to Project Stability, (Norfolk: HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation, 2017)
  • “Managing Criminalized Power Structures,” Space and Defense, Vol 10, no. 1, Spring 2017.
  • Criminalized Power Structures: The Overlooked Enemies of Peace (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)
  • Combating Criminalized Power Structures: A Toolkit (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)
  • “The US Military and its Multilateral Partners,” Guide to Participants in Peace, Stability, and Relief Operations,” with Michael Esper, ed. Pamela Aall (USIP Press: Washington, D.C., forthcoming) 
  • “Designing a Remedy for Illicit Power Structures: The Hidden Center of Gravity for Stabilization and Peace Operations,” Strategic Realities in Irregular Conflict, eds. Franklin D. Kramer and Melanne Civic, Center for Naval Analysis, Washington, D.C., 2013)
  • Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE): A Metrics Framework, with John Agoglia and Barbara Sotirin (Washington D.C.: USIP Press, 2010)
  • “Haiti: Confronting the Gangs of Port-au-Prince,” with Robert Perito, USIP Special Report 208, September 2008
  • “Bridging the Public Security Gap: The Role of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units in Contemporary Peace Operations, with Chris Stark, USIP PeaceBrief, June, 2006
  • “Overcoming Challenges to Stability Policing,” Report of Dec 5-7, 2005 Conference at CoESPU
  • “Provincial Reconstruction Teams and Military Relations with International and Nongovernmental Organizations in Afghanistan,” with Michael Seidel, Special Report 147, September 2005
  • The Quest for Viable Peace: International Intervention and Strategies for Conflict Transformation, with Jock Covey and Leonard Hawley, co-editors (Washington D.C.: USIP Press, 2005)
  • Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002, with Oliker, Olga , Richard Kauzlarich, James Dobbins, Kurt W. Basseuner, Donald L. Sampler, John G. McGinn, Adam Grissom, Bruce R. Pirnie, Nora Bensahel and A. Istar Guven. (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation: 2004)
  • “An Evolving ‘Post-Conflict Role for the Military: Providing a Secure Environment and Supporting the Rule of Law” with Ben Lovelock, in Post-conflict Justice (Ardsley Park NY: Transnational, 2002)
  • “Policing from Above: The Strategic function of Executive Policing,” in Executive Policing: Enforcing the Law in Peace Operations, ed. Renata Dwan, SIPRI Research Report no. 16, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • “Peace Operations: The Challenge of Political-Military Coordination” in The Global Century: Globalization and National Security, ed. Richard Kugler (Washington D.C.: National Defense University Press, 2001)
  • “Kovoso Brief: Information Management Offers a New Opportunity for Cooperation between Civilian and Military Entities,” Virtual Diplomacy Series, No. 9, United States Institute for Peace, August 2000
  • “Beyond Jointness: The Civil-Military Dimensions of Peace Operations and Humanitarian Assistance,” INSS Conference Report, February 2000
  • “Protection for Humanitarian Relief Operations,” Strategic Forum, No. 168, December 1999
  • “Troubled States: How Troubling, How Manageable?” in Strategic Assessment 1999 (Washington D.C.: National Defense University Press, 1999)
  • Policing the New World Disorder: Peace Operations and Public Security, with Amb. Robert Oakley (Washington D.C.: National Defense University Press, 1998)
  • “Policing the New World Disorder: Addressing Gaps in Public Security during Peace Operations,” in Toward Responsibility in the New World Disorder: Challenges and Lessons of Peace Operations, eds. Max Manwaring and John T. Fishel, (Ilford, UK: Frank Cass and Co., 1998), pp. 132-159.
  • “The International Police Task Force,” in Lessons from Bosnia: The IFOR Experience (With Andrew Bair) (Washington D.C.: National Defense University Press, 1997)
  • “Mexico Matters,” The Washington Post, 11 Sep 95. (With John Bailey)
  • “NAFTA and North American Security,” Strategic Forum, No. 18, January 1995
  • "Mexican Defense Policy: Continuity Amidst Change," in Defense Policies of Nations: A Comparative Study,  Douglas J. Murray and Paul R. Viotti, third edition, (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994)
  • “Mexico's Uncertain Quest for a Strategy to Secure its Southern Border," Journal of Borderland Studies, (Spring 1992): 19-48. (With Steve Wager)
  • "The Organization of American States and Drug Control in the Americas," in International Handbook on    Drug Control, eds.  Scott B. MacDonald and Bruce Zagaris, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992)
  • "The Transnational Drug Trade and Regional Security," Survival, (November-December 1989): 533-548.
  • "Mexico," in The Defense Policies of Nations: A Comparative Study, eds. Douglas J. Murray and Paul R. Viotti, second edition, (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989)
  • Mexico: Converging Challenges, (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1989)