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Strategic Analysis Enterprise CEO and chief research scientist Stephen “Steve” Shellman is the author of one book and numerous articles on political conflict and international conflict analysis. Additionally, Steve Shellman has presented at several conferences and political forums, including the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Minerva Research Initiative in 2010.

A university-based social science research program launched by the Secretary of Defense in 2008, the Minerva Initiative uses research and data analysis to support the DoD. It focuses on strategically important regions around the world and strives to improve the DoD’s understanding of the key factors shaping these regions, which include cultural, behavioral, social, and political forces. Minerva Initiative conferences are held annually to discuss current projects and ongoing research.

The Minerva Initiative employs three primary strategies to accomplish its goal. First, it relies on a network of connections and affiliations with the nation’s top universities to provide leverage and focus for research efforts. It works to define and develop fundamental knowledge regarding present and future conflicts with the intention of better understanding political trajectories of key regions worldwide. Additionally, it works with some of the top scholars in social science research and interdisciplinary studies fields to improve the DoD’s developmental research abilities.

Shellman’s presentation during the 2010 Minerva Initiative involved analyzing the model for dynamic violence through integrated events. Delivered with the aid of two fellow presenters at the National Defense University, the presentation was titled Modeling Dynamic Violence: Integrating Events Data Analysis and Agent-Based Modeling.