Stephen Blank has served as the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute's expert on the Soviet bloc and the post-Soviet world since 1989. Prior to that he was Associate Professor of Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, and taught at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and at the University of California, Riverside. Dr Blank is the editor of Imperial Decline: Russias Changing Position in Asia, co-editor of Soviet Military and the Future, and author of The Sorcerer as Apprentice: Stalin's Commissariat of Nationalities, 1917-1924. He has also written numerous articles on the Russian CIS and Eastern European security issues.
Susan L. Carruthers is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Jersey, specialising in the United States and the World. Her research concentrates on the intersection of culture and international politics. She has published widely in this field, including two books, Winning Hearts and Minds: British Governments, the Media and Colonial Counterinsurgency (1995) and, most recently, The Media at War (2000).
Warren Chin currently lectures in Defence Studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was also a lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He specialises in the study of war and in particular military theory and the revolution in military affairs.
Alastair Finlan teaches at the American University in Cairo. Prior to this, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Studies and International Affairs at Britannia Royal Naval College, of which he is now an Associate Senior Lecturer. He also has lectured at the Universities of Keele and Plymouth.
Thomas R. Mockaitis is Professor of European History at DePaul University. He has written three books and numerous articles on insurgency, peace operations, and terrorism. His most recent book, Peace Operations and Intrastate Conflict: the Sword or the Olive Branch? (1999) examines the challenges of intervention in civil wars. He has given presentations at military colleges in the US, Britain,