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Dr. Neil Efird served as an economic development advisor in the U.S. Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) at the U.S. Army War College in 2009. He has broad experience in economic development in conflict-prone societies with both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Army. As a Foreign Service Officer, he served in diplomatic assignments in Russia during its transition toward a freemarket economy; in Kosovo during its reconstruction; in Mozambique during its civil war; and in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Dr. Efird’s managerial assignments included Asian trade relations, global investment affairs, African refugee assistance, and assistance to the former Soviet Union and East European democracies, with emphasis on Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Croatia. Dr. Efird’s military assignments included overseas tours with the 30th Artillery Brigade (Okinawa) and the 9th Infantry Division (Vietnam), as well as stateside tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 171st Support Group, and other active and reserve units. His duties spanned the spectrum of operations, logistics, and intelligence management, including staff assignments with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army. Dr. Efird’s experiences influenced his academic studies, which focused on development in conflict-prone societies. His dissertation research on reform of centrally-managed economies focused on the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany), in the context of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. While a lecturer at the Catholic University in Angola, Dr. Efird organized a distance-learning program between the state university of Angola and East Carolina University, while publishing the article, “Development in Globalization: Perspectives for Angola.” He taught international economics at Dickinson College and a variety of international business management subjects at George Washington, Trinity, and Shippensburg Universities, and at the University of Maryland, European Division. Dr. Efird holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an M.A. in English and Master’s in Business Administration in Management from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in International Business from George Washington University.
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Authored by Dr. Neil Efird.
State-owned enterprises affect stability in conflict-prone environments, and decisive control of them creates positive or negative conditions. However, it is a challenge to know how and when to use these enterprises, and a good set of metrics is necessary to measure their effectiveness.