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Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Szarke

Director, International Programs

Department of Foreign Languages & International Programs

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Political Science
Dissertation: “Political Reform and Challenges to Order in Weak States: Center-Periphery Relations in the Sahel”
Advisor: Prof. William Reno

History of International Relations
French Thesis: “Relations entre l’OTAN et la Russie: 1997-2003”
Advisors: Prof. Jean-Christophe Romer, Prof. Birte Wassenberg


Ph.D., Political Science, Northwestern University, Illnois (2015)

Master, History of International Relations, Mention Bien, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France (2007)

Master of Arts, International Relations (Distinguished Graduate), St. Mary’s University, Texas (2005)

Diploma with Honors, French (Distinguished Graduate & Commandant’s Award), Defense Language Institute, California (2005)

Bachelor of Science, Economics (minor German)(Military Distinction), U.S. Air Force Academy (1993)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Research interests include conflict and security in sub-Saharan African states, neopatrimonial relationships, decentralization, and center-periphery relations in weak and failed states.