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Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé earned his PhD in international relations from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (2001). He also holds a master’s degree in politics (Queen's University), undergraduate degrees in philosophy and film studies (both from Tbilisi State University in Georgia), and a certificate in theology (St Arseny Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).
Dr. Tchantouridzé’s academic publications are in the areas of geopolitics, Russian foreign policy, globalization, international politics in the Caucasus, NATO-Russia relations, politics of oil and gas in Central Asia and the Caucasus, and conflicts in the Caucasus.
From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Tchantouridzé served in the Red Army Regiment #90. His military education includes two years of preparatory training, and a term at the Soviet Navy Military Political Institute, Kiev (summer term, 1984).
Fianna Verret has worked at Norwich University for several years. In addition to serving as the associate program director for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program and being an alumna of the diplomacy program herself, she has taught undergraduate international relations courses online and a world economy class on the Norwich University campus. She previously taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, working with a diverse population of students from the global community. She has a BA in English Literature with a Russian Language and Literature Minor from Saint Michael's College, and an MA in diplomacy with a concentration in conflict management and resolution from Norwich University.
Charles Lerche is the associate program director (academics) for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program. He holds a BA in history, an MA in international studies and a PhD in political science. He has taught at several universities around the world, including three in Nigeria; the Free University of Brussels; the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands); and Boston University in the Overseas Program. Besides Norwich University, he currently teaches adjunct courses for the Troy University (Alabama) eCampus. His research interests include Third World politics and international relations with an emphasis on Africa, and peace and conflict studies. He co-authored Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective and edited two volumes of essays on world order studies. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals including inter alia, The Journal of African and Asian Studies, The Journal of African Studies, The International Journal of Peace Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Politics. He is also a contributor to the The International Encyclopedia of Peace.
Dan Alcorn is a native Vermonter and a proud Norwich alumnus. Having completed the master’s in public administration program, the certificate in teaching and learning program, and the certificate in continuity of governmental operations program, he knows what it takes to be a successful online student at Norwich University. Before coming to Norwich he earned a BA from Kent State University and worked in the financial services industry. Dan now teaches undergraduate courses on both the Norwich University campus and on online in the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program. He is currently the chapter representative for Sigma Iota Rho Society, the honor society of international studies, and for Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration. He is also a father to two young daughters.
Alex Norsworthy teaches courses in international relations at both Norwich and Troy University. His focus spans international relations, international financial service, and knowledge management and learning. He has worked with the World Bank Group for the Sub-Saharan Africa and the Europe Central Asia regions, during which time he acquired field experience in Aarhus, Denmark; Hong Kong; the People’s Republic of China; and Mexico. He is the co-author and editor of six books and numerous brochures and articles on U.S. elections, U.S. foreign and domestic policies, and sustainable development. He holds a doctorate degree from the School of International Service (SIS) at American University and an International Executive MBA from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. His hobbies include foreign film, languages, literature, and music.