Cliff Bernath, currently a Senior Fellow with the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University,served as Director of Conflict Resolution and Prevention for Refugees International under an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA). He focused on improving peacekeeping operations in Africa as a means of preventing and shortening armed conflicts. He conducted firsthand research in West Africa (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea) and the Great Lakes (Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda). He published four major peacekeeping studies and briefed his findings at the United Nations, various forums in Washington DC, Paris, London, Canada, and New York (including the Council on Foreign Relations). Mr. Bernath served for five years (1993-1998) as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In that position, he was the senior Public Affairs planner for media coverage of military exercises and combat operations. He directed the activities of the DoD National Media Pool. He also implemented a highly successful program for providing public affairs training to NATO Partnership for Peace militaries. In that capacity, he conducted training and advised senior military and civilian officials in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Sweden and Russia. He also organized two PfP conferences for all partner countries in Washington DC and Garmisch, Germany. He was the Director of the American Forces Information Service (AFIS) from April 1998 to January 2001. As the principal advisor to the Department of Defense leadership on all internal media matters, he was responsible for ensuring that members of the Armed Forces, their families, and Department of Defense Civilians had access to news, DoD information and entertainment wherever they are stationed around the world. He oversaw the operations of the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), The Stars and Stripes newspapers, the official DoD website “DefenseLink,” and the Defense Information School. Mr. Bernath is a retired Army officer. His overseas assignments included Vietnam and Turkey. He is currently a career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA.