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Diane E. Chido

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Political Science Program
  • Adjunct Lecturer

Diane Chido is founder of Erie-based research firm, DC Analytics. She is a political science instructor with the Gannon University School of Government Service and Public Affairs, and a former faculty instructor and project advisor with the Mercyhurst University Department of Intelligence Studies.

She was recently named an Expert in Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa by the United Nations Development Programme and authored a background paper for the 2020 African Human Development Report on "Pathways to Human Security in the Horn of Africa."

Prof. Chido served for three-years as the Security and Intelligence Policy Advisor to the U.S. Army’s Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)colocated with the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. There she wrote three policy monographs on military stabilization operations and co-taught a course on "Strategy and Culture in the Indian Wars" and taught a Graduate Seminar to Army Colonels on "Cultural Analysis for the Battlefield Commander." She served as a research analyst earlier in her career working on Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus with the International Monetary Fund and the Brookings Institution's Foreign Policy Program.

She has published and lectured widely on international security, intelligence, governance, and social and economic development topics. Her regions of expertise include Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia and Ukraine, the Balkans, and Central Asia. Her current research interest is the influence of Scotch-Irish Calvinism and culture on the formation of American politics and attitudes today.

  • POLI 111: US Government & Politics
  • POLI 320: US Military in Policy
  • POLI 392: Homeland Security
  • POLI 329: Wild Spaces - Alternative Governance Structures

• M.S. Applied Intelligence Analysis, Mercyhurst University; Erie, PA - 2006
• M.A. Russian Language & Graduate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, PA - 1996
• B.A. International Studies & Russian/Soviet Studies with Russian Language Minor, American University; Washington, DC - 1990

Adjunct Instructor, School of Public Service and Global Affairs at Gannon University, Erie, PA; Aug 2019-Present                                                       Develop and deliver courses in Political Science

Course Developer, Saylor Academy, Mar 2020-Present
Developed course blueprint and content for fully online free MBA course on Business Intelligence

Instructor and Course Developer, U.S. Army War College Department of Distance Education, Mar 2018-Jul 2019
• Developed and delivered Graduate Seminar “Cultural Analysis for the Battlefield Commander”
• Co-taught “Indian Wars: Strategy, Culture, and Psychology of Insurgency”

Guest Instructor, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Jun 2012                                                                                                                     Developed and delivered full-day workshop on cultural analysis methodology and its application to Sub-Saharan Africa

Adjunct Instructor, Tom Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University, Jun 2009-Aug 2015
• Online Instructor, Intelligence Communications and Advanced Analytic Techniques
• Classroom Instructor, Advanced Intelligence Analysis and Cultural Intelligence
• Curriculum Developer, Cultural Awareness for Intelligence Analysts and redesign of online Intelligence Communications and Advanced Analytic Techniques courses
• Faculty Advisor for Mercyhurst Chapter of Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention

President, DC Analytics, Oct 2008-Present
• Conduct research and analysis on international security, transnational organized crime, conflict, migration, economic development and governance
• Conduct due diligence and competitor analysis
• Provide expert analytic project management and analytic team training, coaching and mentoring

Expert on Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, member of UNDP’s Experts Roster for Rapid Response (ExpRes), Jun 2020-Present
• Consultant deployment mechanism that maintains pre-vetted consultants for quick support to UNDP Country Offices, Regional Bureaus and HQ units to deploy (including remote support) technical experts for crisis and non-crisis settings

Selected Contracts
Consulting Author, United Nations Development Programme Aug-Nov 2020
Background paper author for Africa Sub Regional Human Development Report: Pathways to human development and security”

Security and Intelligence Policy Advisor, U.S. Army Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) U.S. Army War College
Carlisle Barracks, PA; Oct 2015-Sep 2018

* Served as subject matter expert (SME) on intelligence analysis methodologies and policy
* Produced monographs on intelligence sharing among multinational organizations, analytic methods for assessing transnational organized crime, and * social power dynamics in urban and other complex environments
* Participated in conferences, workshops and training exercises on intelligence, governance, sociocultural and dense urban environments
* Provided doctrine and policy reviews on urban operations, intelligence, culture and stabilization

Project Manager, National Security Agency contracts with Mercyhurst University Department of Intelligence Studies, May 2004-Aug 2006 and Jul 2009-Aug 2013
Managed research, analysis and quality control for 10 analytic teams conducting market and technical capability research on global telecommunications

Senior Associate, McManis & Monsalve Associates, Jun 2006 - Oct 2008
• Served as member of the Analysis Group conducting due diligence, research and analysis and market forecasting for clients including Department of Homeland Security (DHS), General Services Administration (GSA), Honeywell, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Research Assistant, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Oct 1996 - Oct 2001; Washington, DC
• Maintained large linked databases and performed background research for various projects on economic development in FSU countries, both for internal and external publications
• Provided technical and translation assistance to mission teams in Kyiv, Minsk, and Moscow
• Compiled a daily electronic brief on regional economic events with global distribution
• Wrote analytical reports on seminars and press conferences (in English and in Russian)

Research Assistant, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Program, Mar 1994 - May 1995; Washington, DC
• Research Assistant and Fact Verifier for manuscripts on Russian transition to democracy and market economy, Balkan conflicts, economic development in Africa, and U.S. policy in the Middle East

Springer-Nature Palgrave Pivot
U.S. Army Effectiveness in Reconstruction According to the Guiding Principles of Stabilization, Jan 2021
Strategic Intelligence and Civil Affairs to Understand Legitimacy and Insurgency: Avoiding the Stabilization Trap, Jun 2019
Intelligence Sharing, Transnational Organized Crime & Multinational Peacekeeping, Dec 2017

U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute External Researcher Monographs
• Alternative Governance in Megacities: Threats and Opportunities Nov 2016
• Chaos to Cohesion: A Regional Approach to Stability, Security, and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Apr 2013
• Civilian Skills for African Military Officers to Resolve the Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Stability Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa Mar 2010

Parameters: The U.S. Army War College Quarterly Book Reviews
• Contemporary Security Issues in Africa, Forthcoming Summer 2020
• Congo’s Violent Peace: Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War, Vol. 48, (Spring 2019)
• Assessment Tool for Security Sector Reform & Biographies of Thabo Mbeki and Julius Nyerere, Vol. 47, No. 3 (Autumn 2017)

Books published by Mercyhurst University Intelligence Studies Press
• The Analyst’s Cookbook. With Kristan J. Wheaton and E. Mosco, eds. 2006
• Structured Analysis of Competing Hypotheses. With Kristan J. Wheaton, et al. 2005

International Security Network’s Security Watch
• Various articles on global security issues, 2007-2010
• “Images of Twentieth Century Genocide:  Decoding Symbols and Heeding Warnings” Master’s Thesis in Applied Intelligence Analysis published and disseminated online May 2006

Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), Competitive Intelligence Magazine
• Various articles on the conduct and assessment of intelligence analysis, mainly with Kristan Wheaton, 2006-2009

• “Approaches to Local Governance” Third Order Effects Guest Speaker, May 2020
• “The Dumbing Down of Military Intelligence,” International Studies Institute (ISA) Intelligence Studies Section, Apr 2019
• “An Intelligent and Civil Approach to Stabilization and Peacekeeping,” ISA Peace Studies Section, Apr 2019
• “BAIT: What Else Would You Use to Catch Bad Guys?” ISA Intelligence, Apr 2018
• “From Sausages to Strategy: Rewriting the Rules as Nations Wither Away,” ISA Peace Studies, Apr 2018
• “Analyzing Transnational Organized Crime, Violent Extremism and Corruption in the Peacekeeping Environment,” ISA Intelligence Studies, Apr 2017

Diane           E. Chido

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