With a PhD in political science and years of experience in the data analysis industry, Stephen “Steve” Shellman supports the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Currently, Steve Shellman serves as the president, chief scientist, and chief executive officer of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc (SAE).
Founded in 2008, Strategic Analysis Enterprises was established to offer the United States government and commercial clients decision support analysis, including strategies to determine intent and emotion from different types of text. Some of the company’s current projects include working with the Office of Naval Research on their Worldwide Integrated Crisis Early Warning System and a project to understand how text influences behavioral processes in relation to political conflict. An industry leader, SAE provides three different services to cover a wide range of situations and project requirements.
– Pathos. Although many other industry tools limit their content examination to counting the number of positive versus negative words, the automated Pathos program also considers the intent of the interaction. It can then extrapolate the data for a number of possible future uses for prediction or study.
– Quantitative modeling. Through its innovative quantitative modeling technique, SAE combines statistics with empirical models to develop useful, straightforward analysis.
– Xenophon. An automated tool, the Xenophon program goes beyond simple object and subject analysis in each examined electronic text. Able to understand complex semantics, it can determine relationships and interactions from the text.
Accomplished political scientist Stephen “Steve” Shellman leads Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc., as the statistical analytics and data collection firm’s president and chief executive officer. In the past, Steve Shellman has also used his expertise on behalf of other organizations, including the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).
In pursuit of its mission to fight the beliefs that contribute to terrorism and defend democratic values, FDD oversees a variety of programs and activities focused on foreign policy and national security. For the last four years, the organization has sponsored the National Security Fellows Program, which brings together accomplished young professionals for 12 months of mentorship and collaboration.
In addition to meetings with top government officials, Fellows have the opportunity to take part in roundtable discussions with national security experts and attend a skill building session focused on strategic communications. After they have completed the 12-month program, Fellows can stay current on national security issues through special alumni programming that includes private briefings and VIP events. More information about FDD’s National Security Fellowship Program can be found at http://www.defenddemocracy.org.
A research scientist at the College of William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, Stephen (Steve) Shellman also serves as the CEO and president of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc. Previously, Steve Shellman taught classes in comparative politics as an instructor at the University of Costa Rica.
Volcano enthusiasts visiting Costa Rica will not want to miss Arenal Volcano National Park in Alajuela. Located around three and a half hours from the nearest airport in San Jose, this stratovolcano site also offers several nearby hot springs, heated by the volcano’s geothermal activity. Also nearby is Arenal Lake, which provides almost half of the country’s hydroelectric power.
Arenal Volcano National Park itself includes two volcanoes, the one for which the park is named and the Chato Volcano, whose crater is now collapsed. Arenal Volcano, thought to be dormant, erupted in 1968 and then became one of the country’s most active volcanoes as it sent out blocks of cinder and flowing lava for the 42 years. The volcano remains on the list of active volcanoes, although no recorded eruptions have taken place since December of 2010.
As the president, chief scientist, and CEO of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc., Stephen M. Shellman has analyzed trends for governmental agencies, using his academic background in security studies. In his off hours, Steve Shellman plays in a rock band and appreciates the music of Warren Haynes.
Haynes is perhaps best known for his work as a guitarist for the Allman Brothers and his own group, Gov’t Mule. Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1960, Haynes developed a taste for rhythm and blues as well as soul music. After getting a guitar at age 12, Haynes began playing at parties and later joined a band called Ricochet. His work attracted interest from a member of David Allen Coe’s band, which he joined at age 20.
After performing successively in several groups, Haynes joined guitarist Dickey Betts’ band. When Betts re-formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, he brought Haynes along as a guitarist. For eight years, Haynes recorded and toured with the Allmans. He started his first self-named band during time off from the Allmans and released a solo album. Haynes also practiced his songwriting, selling a song to Garth Brooks that went on to become a hit.
In 1994, Haynes disbanded his group and started a trio, Gov’t Mule. During the 2000s, Haynes’s musical activities included gigs with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and other surviving members of that band. He also revived the Warren Haynes Band and continued with Gov’t Mule. In 2011 he made a Southern soul album and in 2012 he released a live album. Accompanied by the band Railroad Earth, Haynes then cut the blues-tinged Ashes and Dust for a 2015 release.
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.
In addition to his position as the CEO and chief research scientist at Strategic Analysis Enterprise (SAE), Dr. Stephen “Steve” Shellman serves as the director of the College of William and Mary’s Violent Intranational Political Conflict and Terrorism (VIPCAT) Research Laboratory. Dr. Steve Shellman helps lead the VIPCAT Laboratory to conduct global political analysis research and development programs, including Project Civil Strife (PCS).
PCS is a database composed of records of intranational events that relate to political conflicts and the cooperation between individuals within various countries. Consisting of data collected between the years of 2001 and 2011, PCS primarily concentrated on territories in South and Southeast Asia.
PCS developers used an event data coding engine designed by SAE called Xenophen to input data into the system and included a geo-coding software package that tracks geographic trends using local and national reference files.
Several organizations assisted with the funding needed to develop PCS. Aside from SAE, financial backers included the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Office of Secretary of Defense. A number of other sources provided additional funding and support.
As the chief scientist, president, and CEO of Strategic Analysis Enterprises (SAE), Stephen (Steve) Shellman utilizes statistical models to offer insight into sites of political and religious conflict. Steve Shellman has also utilized his expertise in international relations and quantitative methods to serve as a research scientist for the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations at the College of William & Mary (W&M).
In a recent press release, W&M announced that nine of its students represented the college at the World Model U.N. conference in Seoul, South Korea. The week-long conference assembled delegates from 115 nations into mixed teams and assigned the groups a subject to investigate from different angles. During the event, the students from W&M explored and generated resolutions on women’s rights, the rights of native peoples, and Millennium development objectives.
Four W&M students concluded the World Model U.N. conference with Diplomacy Awards in recognition of their performance, which places them among the top international relations students worldwide. After the conference, one award-winner reflected that the event offered students an exclusive opportunity to expand their international perspective and discover diplomatic cooperation.