Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.

A Message From the Director

What's #TRENDing

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March 29, 2019
Volker and Lina Tuschling will present “A Changing America? Patriotism and National Identity after the Trump Election” to the International Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON.

February 26, 2021
Volker will conduct a 3-hour case writing workshop for Foreign Language educators at GA Tech via BlueJeans.

June 19-21, 2018
Volker will conduct a case writing workshop at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

May 2-4, 2018
Volker and Mary Dumas will conduct workshop on "Training Methodologies for Peacebuilding" at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Arlington, VA.

April 18-20, 2018
Volker attended the Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop (PSOTEW) at the US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

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News Flash!


Among the challenges of educating senior national security professionals is that the dynamics and complexity of the strategic environment inhibits the creation of clean models or simple how-to guides. The context of each problem is different, as even the same type of problem will vary according to the relationships and histories of the actors and entities involved. So how can one teach career military officers, who have served mostly at unit level, think and make quality decisions and recommendations at the strategic level? One tool is the case method which is described in this presentation by Dr. Volker Franke from Kennessaw State University and Dr. Jacqueline E. Whitt, Professor of Strategy from the U.S. Army War College.

Volker C. Franke is Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. Jacqueline E. Whitt is Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the WAR ROOM Podcast Editor. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Transnational Research and Engagement in Diverse Societies

Violence, poverty, famine, drought, and disease continue to define people’s lives around the world. Globally, more than 800 million people still live on less than $1.25 a day, nearly one out of every nine people go to bed hungry every night, nearly 6 million children die every year before their 5th birthday, more than 40 percent of the world’s population do not have enough water, and fertile land is disappearing 30-35 times faster than in the past. Poverty, armed conflict, crime, torture, inequality, racism, and exploitation remain sources of conflict that continue to stand in the way of progress and prosperity.

In the United States, more than 45 million people and nearly 20 percent of all children live in poverty and income inequalities are rising. America’s crime and homicide rates are among the highest in the industrialized world, racial and gender discrimination persist, and energy scarcity is rising. These problems affect everybody, especially those who have the least access to social, economic, and political resources.

The motivation for TRENDS Global and the key principle guiding our ideas for research and engagement in diverse societies is that empowerment of disadvantaged and underserved populations, transforms communities and strengthens societies. TRENDS Global promotes the search for both localized and global strategies for resolving conflict by pursuing two main goals:

Research Goals

Conduct and foster research with long-term impact

  • Conduct research with an impact for resolving and transforming interpersonal, societal and international conflict
  • Establish global interdisciplinary research clusters and partnerships to analyze emerging social and political challenges and explore opportunities for constructively engaging current conflicts
  • Serve as an incubator for research intended to support disempowered and underserved populations
  • Provide professional training to emerging thought leaders, scholars and practitioners from developing countries and underserved communities

Engagement Goals

Engage individuals and diverse communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Facilitate global understanding through purposeful intercultural encounters and international exchanges 
  • Develop projects and structures to support disempowered and underserved populations in improving everyday living conditions
  • Recognize and address diversity through community needs assessments and demand-sensitive engagement
  • Provide project impact assessments and external evaluations of community research and engagement projects conducted by third parties
  • Bring together thought leaders and experts from academia, government, and industry to discuss innovative solutions
  • Identify, mentor, and empower the next generation of community leaders