Conference Contacts

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To answer questions about the GNSI Tampa Summit or the Great Power Competition Conference series, please contact:

Dr. Adib Farhadi, USF Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Science

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phone: 813-974-3582

Dr. Adib Farhadi is an Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict and Faculty Director of Executive Education at the University of South Florida.   His research, which is at the intersection of religion, politics and conflict with a particular focus on the “Silk Road” Central and South Asia (CASA) Region, is the subject of his recent book Countering Violent Extremism by Winning Hearts and Minds.  

He is the editor of the Great Power Competition book series, published by Springer Press, and Director of the Great Power Competition Conference Series, a collaborative initiative between the University of South Florida (USF) and the National Defense University Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies. This series includes two conferences a year for nine years, focusing on the Great Power Competition in the Central Region with an aim to provide a broader understanding of the challenges facing the United States in the 21st Century.

Formerly Dr. Farhadi served in senior positions for Afghanistan and extensively advised the United States government and various other international organizations.

He is a frequent presenter on the topic of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Conflict Resolution and Strategic Negotiations & Communication.

His Executive Education Courses allow industry leading organizations to establish an organizational vision in a continuously changing environment. Courses include Executive Leadership Courses; Women in Leadership; Global Enterprise Leadership; Strategic Thinking and Planning, Communications, Negotiation, and Engagement; Problem Solving through Critical Thinking; International Economic Development; Business Management; and the Great Power Competition.  

Dr. Tad Schaufer II, Analyst/Planner, GNSI

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phone: 813-396-0021

Dr. Tad Schnaufer develops plans for a variety of Tampa GNSI activities to include summits, conferences, speaker series, and outreach opportunities. He also supervises the execution of these events.  

Outside of events, Dr. Schnaufer conducts studies and reviews past and current national security policies. He also assists with the strategic planning and implementation for the Institute's education and publication programs to include its proposed one-year master's degree. 

Schnaufer served in the Army National Guard for 15+ years and plans to continue to do so. While in the Guard, he's been deployed to Ukraine and Poland in 2021-2022, and the Horn of Africa in 2016-2017. He's also  served on multiple state activations in response to hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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