Rudy L. Hightower, II

Hometown: Military Brat, pick any city

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Undergrad Institution and Major:
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL – B.S.
Vocational Education
Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA – Certified Basic Spanish Linguist
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA – A.A. Graphic Design

Graduate Institutions and Major:
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA – M.A. National Security Affairs

Interest Areas: Primary Ph.D. research interests are organizational capacity and interagency cooperation in Reconstruction and Stabilization (R&S) operations. Specifically, I’m investigating the effectiveness of both the current and historic U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security initiatives that influenced public R&S 'integrator' organizations. Employing both linear and non-linear research methods, specifically system dynamics and agent-based modeling, I hope to contribute to conversations on whether the U.S. “Whole-of Government” interagency approach to R&S operations has had a positive, negative, or neutral impact on Black Sea regional stability and democratic transition.

Graduate Assistantship, Project Associate, Ukraine Parliamentary Development Project (PDP II) at the John Glenn School.

Instructor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, course: “Rebuilding Failed and Weak States”
 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — Facilities lifecycle simulation modeling.

Grants/Scholarships Awarded:
2010 Chalmers P. Wylie Scholarship for Public Service
2010 Mershon Center for International Security Research Grant

Keep Your Eye On Ukraine » Click here to download a copy of the paper

Oceanic Sovereignty and the Law of the Sea: Fishery-Based Conflicts. Published January 1998.

Case study: The Declarations of Independence: Moldova-Pridnestrovie Sovereignty Conflict. (forthcoming)

Iterative Storytelling in Public Policy. (forthcoming)

Co-author, Simulating Maintenance in Deferred Maintenance (forthcoming)

Keep Your Eyes On Ukraine. Policy point-paper submitted to the Office of United States Senator Richard G. Lugar. September 2008.

Conference/Specialized Presentations:
“Operation Common Mother”. U.S.-Canada Military Intelligence Interoperability Initiative presented at the 2002 Asia-Pacific Military Forum. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“International Engagement and Research at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs”, The Ohio State University, November 2010

Working Papers:
Improving International Tourism in Ukraine, paper and system dynamics model

Research Institute/Industry Affiliation:
Founder and President of Paradox Dynamics, a private consulting company focused on developing and implementing non-linear models for systemic public policy analysis, conflict resolution, and international studies. Paradox Dynamics is currently launching “Black Sea Modeling and Simulation”, a quarterly professional newsletter focused on scholarly research and modeling of Black Sea regional issues.

Professional Affiliations:
System Dynamics Society
International City/County Management Association
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

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