Dr. Aaron F. Brantly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and the Army Cyber Institute. He has ten years of experience working in international development with a focus on information communications technologies (ICT) innovation and security as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and subsequently with the International Republican Institute for Advancing Democracy Worldwide and a Senior Program Officer with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He has technical experience in multiple coding languages and systems. His regional expertise/experience includes Eurasia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2011 he served as conference coordinator for Track-II talks on Peace-Building and Reintegration of the Korean Peninsula with representatives from the DPRK, ROK, and USA.
Dr. Brantly holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, a Master’s of Public Policy from American University’s School of Public Affairs, and A Bachelor’s of Arts from Queens University of Charlotte.
Dr. Brantly’s focuses on how technology affects democracy and national security. His research is engaged at the global, regional, and national levels. He examines the role of technology in offensive combat operations with a focus on understanding how and why state and non-state actors employ cyber tools and techniques rather than conventional weapons. He is also currently examining the role of technology in affecting democracy and human rights through increased citizen mobilization and participation in political processes.
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