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2018 Symposium

Symposium on Leadership in a Complex World: Private Military Security Companies Influence on International Security and Foreign Policy

The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, the College of Arts and Letters and the UNG Press are pleased to announce a symposium on Leadership in a Complex World:  Private Military Security Companies Influence on International Security and Foreign Policy.  The symposium will contribute to the scholarly discussion of this increasingly complex and important issue. U.S. or international scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for papers or posters on topics related to the theme.

The symposium review committee will select the most relevant and highest quality submissions for between nine and twelve scholars to present and discuss at the symposium. Undergraduate submissions will be considered for poster sessions. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present as members of panels during the symposium. Extended papers from the selected abstracts will be published by the University of North Georgia Press in a peer-reviewed and edited symposium monograph.

Registration for the conference is free. Fill out the form below to register.


November 14 - 15, 2018


University of North Georgia
Dahlonega Campus
Convocation Center


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Call for Abstracts


What nations or other entities are using private military and security companies (PMSCs) for what purposes, and what are the leadership implications?

Call for Papers, Panel Presentations and Poster Sessions

  • What are the applicable industry management systems, laws and ethical standards that apply to PMSC activities?
  • What roles should political, military, and/or corporate leaders assume with regard to managing PMSC activities? 
  • How do PMSCs influence the foreign policy objectives of nation-states?
  • How do PMSCs contribute to stability or increase the fragility of nation-states?
  • How should leaders plan for contractors as a key personnel component of the total U.S. military force?
  • What impacts on outsourcing security on state strength and world order should leaders consider?
  • U.S. Department of Defense management/interagency coordination of the operational contract support workforce.

Submission Guidelines

Panel Submissions

Please submit abstracts (500 words) and short bio (150 words) by August 20, 2018 to,, or Panel presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Participants will be notified of acceptance by September 3, 2018.

Poster Sessions

Undergraduate and graduate students and Cadets are invited to submit poster proposals (250 words) and short bio (150 words) by August 20, 2018 to,, or Bios should include Name, Phone, Email, University, Location, and Poster Title. Posters should be 36 inches x 48 inches in landscape or portrait layout orientation. Participants will be notified of acceptance by September 3, 2018.



  • Aug. 20 - Close call for abstracts
  • Sept. 3 - Notify authors of abstracts accepted for symposium presentation
  • Nov. 12 - Symposium papers due to the UNG Press


  • Feb. 4 - Symposium articles due to the UNG Press
  • March 4 - Single blind peer review reports on submitted articles completed
  • March 18 - Author article revisions due
  • April 2 - Editorial approval of revisions completed
  • April 22 - Layout & design completed
  • April 29 - Proofing notes from and editors due
  • May 6 - Final proof due.
  • June 3 - Symposium Monograph release digitally and in print

Speakers for the 2018 Symposium will be announced here.

Dr. Molly Dunigan

Molly Dunigan is a Senior Political Scientist and Associate Director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation, and a lecturer in Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy. Her research interests focus on private military and security contractors, civil–military relations, irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, maritime security, and civilian deployment. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship, a U.S. State Department Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship, and an International Studies Association Catalytic Research Grant. Prominent among Dunigan's published work are Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness(Stanford University Press, 2011), The Markets for Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), and the RAND reports Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well-Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments (Dunigan et al., 2013) and Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Department of Defense Civilian Deployment (Dunigan et al., 2016).

An internationally recognized expert on private security contracting, Dunigan's work on this topic has been cited in USA TodayTime MagazineWashington PostU.S. News & World Report, and Forbes. Dunigan's publications have been favorably reviewed in Military ReviewThe Journal of Military and Strategic StudiesThe Journal of Military HistorySurvivalParameters, and The Boston Globe, and her op-eds have appeared in The National InterestUSA TodayThe HillU.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor. Dunigan received her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.

Mr. Erik Prince

Executive Director & Chairman, Frontier Services Group

Mr. Erik D. Prince has been appointed as an executive director and the Chairman of the Company since 10 January 2014. He is also chairman of the Nomination Committee and a committee member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.

Mr. Prince is a US-born entrepreneur, philanthropist, military veteran and private equity investor with business interests in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America in the fields of logistics, aviation services, manufacturing, natural resources development and energy. He is the founder and chairman of Frontier Resource Group, a private equity firm active across the African continent in areas such as exploration, mining and energy development. Mr. Prince is the founder of Blackwater, a global private security company, which he sold in 2010 after successfully growing the company over the course of more than a decade into the premier provider of global security and logistics solutions to the United States Government and others. In addition, Mr. Prince purchased Presidential Airways in 2003 and grew it from a one-plane operation into a global logistics and aviation business with over 70 fixed and rotary wing aircraft operating in Africa, the Middle East and North America; he sold the company in 2010. Mr. Prince was educated at Hillsdale College. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a Navy SEAL officer until 1996.

Eeben Barlow
CEO of STTEP International, Ltd.

Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), and raised in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Bechuanaland (now Botswana), Eeben Barlow became a naturalised South African citizen in 1966.

During his military career in the South African Defence Force (SADF), he served as an officer in several conventional, unconventional, and covert SADF units.

Commissioned in the SADF’s Corps of Engineers, he served as the sapper commander in several infantry battalions, and as second in command of 32 Battalion’s Reconnaissance Wing. Subsequently, he served as an EOD/IED team commander, an agent handler for Military Intelligence, and as both a regional commander and covert operative in the SA Special Forces’ covert operations group, the Civil Cooperation Bureau. During his military career, he pioneered several TTPs and was also the first commander of 44 Parachute Brigade’s airborne combat engineer troop.

When he became ‘politically expendable’ he founded Executive Outcomes Ltd, and was initially contracted to train SADF Special Forces operators in covert operations. As the founder and chairman of Executive Outcomes, he oversaw several major counter-crime operations, along with the initial defeat of UNITA in Angola, and the destruction of the RUF in Sierra Leone, as well as the rescue of western hostages in Indonesia (Irian Jaya).

He has written numerous articles on Africa, terrorism, intelligence, piracy, and military operations. In addition, he was a contributing editor to The Counter Terrorist magazine. He is the author of two best-selling books (Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds and Composite Warfare: The Conduct of Successful Ground Force operations in Africa). He was also a contributor to the African Union’s symposium on the African Standby Force.

He is currently the chairman of STTEP International Ltd, a company that actively supports governments in Africa. He holds the rank of Maj Gen in several African armies. He lectures at numerous military colleges and universities in Africa and abroad, and is also a political and security advisor to several African governments.

Panels & Posters

Selections for the 2018 Symposium's panels and poster presentations will be announced at a later date. 

See panel and poster presentations from the 2017 Civil-Military Symposium.


Tuesday, November 13

Time Event
6:00 p.m.  Dinner by invitation with presenters, speakers, symposium organizing group

Wednesday, November 14

Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome, administrative remarks and introduce guests and presenters
8:45 a.m. Speaker: Mr. Eeben Barlow, CEO of STTEP International, Ltd.
9:15 a.m. Q&A
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion
10:45 a.m. Discussion and Q&A
11:00 a.m. Break - Poster Sessions & Book Signings
11:15 a.m. Speaker
12:00 p.m. Q&A
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
2:45 p.m. Discussion and Q&A
3:00 p.m. Break - Poster Sessions & Book Signings
3:15 p.m. Speaker: Mr. Erik Prince, CEO and Executive Director, Frontier Services Group
3:45 p.m. Discussion and Q&A
4:00 p.m. Break - Poster Sessions & Book Signings
4:15 p.m. Speaker
4:45 p.m. Discussion and Q&A
5:00 p.m. Break
6:30 p.m. Symposium Social at the Smith House
8:00 p.m. End of Day 1 Activities

Thursday, November 15

Time Event
8:30 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome, administrative remarks and introduce guests and presenters
9:00 a.m. Speaker: Dr. Molly Dunigan, Senior Political Scientist and Associate Director of Defense and Political Sciences at RAND Corporation
9:30 a.m. Discussion and Q&A
9:45 a.m. Break - Poster Sessions & Book Signings
10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
11:00 a.m. Discussion and Q&A
11:15 a.m. Break - Poster Sessions & Book Signings
11:30 a.m. Speaker
12:00 p.m. Discussion and Q&A
12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
12:30 p.m. End of Symposium
Reading List
Recommended reading list for those interested in learning more about private military security companies.
Registration Info


Registration for the conference is free. Fill out the form below to register.

About the Area

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Information about lodging and things to do is at the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce website.

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