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Scott Woodruff Lyons

Scott Woodruff Lyons

Regional Program Lead - Africa

Scott W. Lyons is the Africa Regional Program Lead for the Defense Governance and Management Team (DGMT), responsible for organizing and conducting Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) directed Defense Institution Building (DIB) activities across Africa. He also serves as the DGMT Lead to the Security Governance Initiative (SGI). Scott joined DGMT from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he served as the Democracy, Rights and Governance (DG) Officer overseeing activities for the Office of Sudan and South Sudan programs, at the time the largest DG portfolio in Africa. Previously at USAID, he was a Democracy Specialist and Anticorruption Advisor with the Civilian Response Corps. In this capacity, he served as one the lead U.S. government development advisors on governance and rule of law in post-conflict and transitional environments. Before coming to USAID, Scott was Director of Programs at the American Society of International Law, edited a USAID technical guide on court reform, advised the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution, worked on Security Sector reform in Liberia and performed legal work for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Since 2012, Scott has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.

Scott earned a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law, a MA in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, and a BA in Middle Eastern/North African Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

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  • The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations By: T.C. Bruneau, F.C. Matei This new Handbook offers a wide-ranging, internationally focused overview of the field of civil–military relations.
  • Romania in Europa si in Lume By: Zodian, Mihai V.; Zodian, Vladimir & Matei, Florina Cristiana Selection on a multitude of events often seemingly contradictory, the authors have tried to reconstruct the main projects, phases and activities that materialized Romanian foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.

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Matei, Florina Cristiana, Xharo, Mimoza & Bala, Eduart (Jan. 2016), "Albania's Intelligence after Hoxha: The Cat's Grin and Hidden Claws," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 29:2, 299-327, DOI: 1080/08850607.2015.1083340.  

Matei, Florina Cristiana & Andrés de Castro García (Feb. 2017), “Chilean Intelligence after Pinochet: Painstaking Reform of an Inauspicious Legacy,” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 30:2, pp. 340-367.

Bruneau, Thomas; Matei, Florina Cristiana; Mayfield, Tyrell; McCaskey, Kevin & Weece, Jason (2013), "Civil-military relations in Muslim countries. The cases of Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkey," Journal of Defense Resources Management, 4:2 (7),

Matei, Florina Cristiana, “Congressional Oversight Committees,” in Moore, Greg, ed., Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence, New York: Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Matei, Cristiana & De Castro, Andres (guest ed.) (Jun. 2016), "Intelligence and Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean," Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence 7:1.

Matei, Florina Cristiana & Bruneau, Thomas C. (Mar. 2010), “Intelligence in the Developing Democracies: The 'Quest' for Transparency and Effectiveness,” chapter in Oxford Handbook for Intelligence, Johnson, Loch K (ed.), Oxford University Press.

Matei, Florina Cristiana & Bruneau, Thomas C. (May 2011), "Intelligence reform in new democracies: factors supporting or arresting progress,Democratization, 18:3, 602-630, DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2011.586257. 
Bruneau, Thomas & Matei, Florina Cristiana (Feb. 2015), "Is Argentina Going Totally Blind?" E-International Relations Blog,
Bruneau, Thomas; Matei, Florina Cristiana & Sakoda, Sak (Nov. 2009) "National Security Councils: Their Potential Functions in Democratic Civil-Military Relations," Defense and Security Analysis, 25:3 pp.255-269, DOI: 10.1080/14751790903201406. 
Matei, Florina Cristiana & Bruneau, Thomas C. (Sep. 2011), "Policymakers and Intelligence Reform in the New Democracies," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 24:4, 656-691, DOI: 10.1080/08850607.2011.598784.   
Matei, Florina Cristiana (2012), "Romania's Anti-Terrorism Capabilities: Transformation, Cooperation, Effectiveness," Journal of Defense Resources Management, 3:1(4),
Matei, Florina Cristiana (Aug. 2009), "The Challenges of Intelligence Sharing in Romania," Intelligence and National Security, 24:4, 574-585, DOI: 10.1080/02684520903069504. 
Matei, Florina Cristiana (Dec. 2011), “The Impact of U.S. Anti-gang Policies in Central America: Quo Vadis?” chapter in Maras Gang Violence and Security in Central America, Bruneau, Thomas; Dammert, Lucia & Skinner, Elizabeth (eds.), University of Texas Press, pp. 197-210.
Matei, Florina Cristiana (Sep. 2009), "The Legal Framework for Intelligence in Post-Communist Romania," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence 22:4, 667-698, DOI: 10.1080/08850600903143205.
Matei, Florina Cristiana (Nov. 2013), "The Media's Role in Intelligence Democratization," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 27:1, 73-108, DOI: 10.1080/08850607.2014.842806.

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