Professor Albert Santoli
Director of the Center for Culture and Freedom
Colonel (ret) Michael Dziedic, Ph.D.
Fellow, World Engagement Institute; Editor, Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structure
Ambassador Kenneth P. Moorefield
Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans & Operations, Office of the Inspector General
Benjamin C. Works
Executive Director, SIRI-US – The Strategic Issues Research Institute
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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Col. Michael Dziedzic is a retired Air Force veteran with many years of experience in the international civil/military and stabilization field. His career has blended the worlds of theory and practice. His scholarly positions have included Professor at the Air Force Academy, the National War College, and Georgetown University and Senior Fellow/Program Officer at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Institute of National Strategic Studies, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. His field experience includes postings in a number of societies emerging from protracted conflict, including El Salvador, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He has over 25 publications, including: Policing the New World Disorder and The Quest for Viable Peace. His book, Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structures, provides an extensive set of case studies documenting that criminalized power structures are the leading “spoiler” of peace and stability operations along with recommendations for appropriate strategies for coping with this recurrent threat and policy actions that should be taken to strengthen the international toolkit for coping with them decisively.
Before joining the Office of the Inspector General, where he currently serves as Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans & Operations, Ambassador Kenneth Moorefield served as senior State Department representative on the Iraq/Afghanistan Transition Planning Group, from December 2005 to June 2007. Kenneth P. Moorefield was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe on April 2, 2002. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Moorefield had over 30 years of experience in the U.S. foreign, military, and civil services. During his overseas career with the Departments of State and Commerce, he has held political, economic, consular, and commercial officer positions at our Embassies in Vietnam, Peru, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and France. Ambassador Moorefield graduated from the Senior Seminar (1995) and the United States Military Academy at West Point (1965) and took graduate studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (1972). He has received various military and Foreign Service decorations including the Silver Star, Purple Heart, State Department Superior Honor Award, and two Presidential Meritorious Honor Awards. He was born in Temple, Texas.
Benjamin C. Works is a semi-retired defense and foreign affairs consultant residing in the town of Culpeper, Virginia. Mr. Works has a long record of public service at various levels and is in the second year of a term as a member of the Culpeper Town Parks and Recreation Commission.
In the summer of 1967, Works was a merchant seaman aboard the SS Independence for six weeks, making two round trip passages between New York City and Naples, Italy and other ports in Portugal, Spain, Italy and France. Upon graduating from Greenwich High School, Works enlisted in the United States Army on August 19, 1968, serving three years as an enlisted intelligence analyst. Works served in Vietnam with the 73rd Surveillance Aviation Company from 1 April 1969 to 1 March 1970 and was awarded both the Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for service. Upon his return, he spent the rest of his military service in the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Meade, MD.
After his military service, Works matriculated with the Class of 1975 at Yale University and earned his degree in American History, with the equivalent of a Minor in Economics, graduating in three years with the Class of 1974. Afterwards, Works embarked on a career in international banking and finance with the Bankers Trust Company of New York, the First National Bank of Boston (Latin American Division) and with Geldermann, Inc. a commodities and stock-bond trading subsidiary of Conagra. He earned an MBA in finance and strategic planning at Boston University in 1981 and spent two years as a strategic consultant with Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Boston.
When Saddam Hussein invaded and occupied Kuwait in August 1990, Works began preparing a campaign analysis and plan for defeating Iraqi forces and worked through an intensive analysis after President Bush ordered the initial Operation Desert Shield. Works, very familiar with the international oil/gas markets, presented his analysis at the Naval War College, Newport, RI on Oct 20-21, 1990 to that institute’s war games staff. Copies of his lecture notes circulated among Wall Street energy traders and wound up in the hands of CBS radio network, which hired Works as their military affairs analyst for Operation Desert Storm and featured his work in their “wall-to-wall” coverage of the early campaign and the 96-hour ground campaign. Works was able to work with, among others, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Charlie Osgood. After that, Works continued as an on-call contributor to the network and its major stations such as WCBS, WTOP, KCBS and KNX, during US operations in Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia. He also appeared on CBS television news interviews and programming through 1996. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Works served as the principal analyst for the German Public TV network, ARD-1.
In 2007, Works edited the book War on Two Fronts by then-Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hughes-USA. Wroks is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227 and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution.