Marcia Byrom Hartwell

My research and writing focus is primarily on geopolitically motivated violence and challenges to human security, specifically protection of civilians in their daily lives; how international civilian and military organizations negotiate their work in volatile circumstances; how timelines accelerated by cyberspace has increased the need for deeper analysis to avoid unintended consequences when making decisions on civ-mil interventions.  I am also interested in exploring a range of philosophical issues that help to better understand human behavior in violent situations and are relevant to real life geo-political issues and policy decision making processes driving civilian and military interventions.

  • Redefining civilian-military roles in real and virtual space to support civilian security during complex crises and emergencies
  • Examining challenges to the diffusion of human security strategies and interventions in regions emerging from political violence in the information age
  • Examining the relationship between security and justice in countries and regions emerging from violence (focusing on legitimacy of institutions)
  • Understanding tipping points between deterrence and provocation and relationship to civilian security and protection in real and virtual space
  • Focusing on comparative regional interests:  North Africa/Middle East and Asia-Pacific especially North/South Korea, also peripherally on Latin America

This work builds upon earlier interdisciplinary research and fieldwork in Northern Ireland, Serbia, and South Africa to complete a doctorate examining perceptions of justice, identity, forgiveness and revenge in early post-conflict transitions, International Development, University of Oxford UK and a M.Sc. International Development, London School of Economics UK. Work on economies emerging from crisis (Eastern Europe, Northern Ireland) was completed for a B.A. in economics and government, Smith College U.S.A.

I am interested in expanding upon this research either by independently or collaboratively writing a book and also by launching a much larger interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project that will potentially influence and contribute to policy making discussions on the circumstances and unintended effects of civilian and military interventions around the world. I especially enjoy exploring areas that may initially appear to be unrelated to research questions but that often provide critical insights into complex and overwhelming problems.

I am currently working with the Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Civil Military Operations (CSCMO) at U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Recent positions have been Visiting Scholar, United States Institute of Peace (2012); Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2011); embedded Civilian Advisor with U.S. Forces Iraq Reconciliation Team and Military to Civilian transition (2009-2011) and received The Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award (with medal) for reconciliation activities in Iraq.