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Dr. Edward Mienie

Title: Executive Director, Strategic Studies Program & Partnerships and Associate Professor of Strategic & Security Studies
Phone: 706-867-4465

Office: Hansford Hall, 319, Dahlonega
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Mienie has more than 15 years of experience working in international relations and business, media relations, and coalition building. He earned a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of South Africa and received his doctorate in international conflict management while teaching and leading the academic exchange program with South Africa at Kennesaw State University.

Language Skills

  • English (fluent)
  • Afrikaans (fluent)
  • German (fluent)
  • Dutch (functional)
  • Flemish (functional)

Courses Taught

  • Comparative Military Systems
  • Introduction to Intelligence
  • Intelligence Cycle and Collection
  • US Intelligence Community
  • Intelligence and Counterterrorism
  • Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
  • African Politics


  • Ph.D., International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University, 2014
  • B.A., Law, University of South Africa, 1984

Research/Special Interests

Cyber Intelligence; State Fragility; Weapons of Mass Destruction


Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Mienie, E.L., Payne, B.R, and Regeski, B.T. (2019). Hybrid Conflict and the Impact of Private Contractors on National Security. In Leadership in a Complex World: Private Military Security Companies’ Influence on International Security and Foreign Policy. University of North Georgia Press. Under review.
  • Payne, B.R, Parker, V.C., and Mienie, E.L. (2018). Building a Civil-Military Framework for Cyber Deterrence. In Robinson, Payne, Antonia (Eds.) Civil-Military Cooperation and International Collaboration in Cyber Operations. Monograph, University of North Georgia Press.
  • Mienie, E.L. (2012). Lessons from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for Managing Africa’s Conflicts. In O. A. Adesina et al. (Eds). Managing Conflicts in Africa's Democratic Transitions. Lexington Books. Lanham, MD.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Payne, B.R., Abegaz, T.T., Mienie, E.L., Hamilton, S., Robertson, C., Orr, D., Reinking, M., Krone, M.B. (research underway). FBI Georgia Cyber Threat Survey, in collaboration with FBI Atlanta Computer Intrusion Squad (CY-1), statewide cyber threat survey, August 2018-April 2019. Multiple publications expected.
  • Mienie, E.L., Payne, B.R. (2019). The Impact of Cyber-Physical Warfare on Global Human Security. International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT). ISSN: 1947-3435. 
  • Pfaff, C.A., Mienie, E. L. (2019).  Five Myths Associated with Employing Private Military Companies. U.S. Army War College Press, Strategic Studies Institute. Carlisle Barracks, PA.
  • Marktanner, M., Mienie, E.L., & Noiset, L. (2015). From armed conflict to disaster vulnerability. Disaster Prevention and Management, 24(1), 53-69.

Presentations with Published Proceedings

  • Mienie, E.L., Payne, B.R, and Regeski, B.T. (2018). Hybrid Conflict and the Impact of Private Contractors on National Security. Civil Military Symposium on Leadership in a Complex World. November 13-15, 2018.
  • Payne, B., Parker, V., Mienie, E. (2017). Siri Gets a Subpoena: Unintended Social, Ethical and Legal Consequences of the Internet of Things. Proceedings of the 2017 National Cyber Summit Research Track, p. 95-100. Huntsville, AL. 

Conference Presentations

  • Mienie, E.L. (2019). The Role of Cyber in National and Global Human Security. Keynote address. In Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS). Stellenbosch, South Africa. February 27-March 1, 2019.
  • Mienie, E.L. (2018). South Africa’s Paradox: A Case Study of Latent State Fragility. Invited Speaker. Symposium on Leadership in a Complex World: Private Military Security Companies' Influence on International Security and Foreign Policy. University of North Georgia. November 14-15, 2018.

Media Appearances

  • Smith, C. (2019). Quoted in “Prepare for all-out cyber war as next phase of online threats looms, warns expert”. May 28, 2019.

Work Experience

  • Executive Director Strategic & Security Studies Program & External Relations, UNG, 2017
  • Associate Vice President Executive Affairs, UNG, 2015-17
  • Executive Advisor, Applied Software Technology, 2002-2015
  • SAP Software Consultant, 1999-2010
  • Diplomat, South Africa, 1987-1998
  • Deputy-Ambassador to Switzerland, 1994-1998
  • Political Advisor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa, 1992-1994
  • Political Advisor to Ambassador and US Government/Congressional Liaison, Washington, D.C., 1989-1992
  • Active Military Conscript (Angolan War), 1979-1983

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