Barry S. Zellen

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Biographical Details

"Barry S. Zellen is an author and political theorist specializing in the philosophy of war, state-tribe conflict, and the foundations of world order. Much of his field work has been rooted in the Arctic and Subarctic regions of North America. After riding his 250cc Honda Rebel motorbike up the Alaska Highway in 1988, he settled down in the Western Arctic region, staying there until 2000, where he managed several indigenous language media properties affiliated with the Northern Native Broadcast Access Program (NNBAP), a program funded by the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage. The media organizations Zellen led include the Native Communications Society of the NWT (1995 to 1998), serving the Dene and Metis communities of the Mackenzie River Valley; and Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon (1998 to 2000), serving the First Nations communities of the Yukon and northern BC. He also served as editor of the Inuvialuit newspaper, Tusaayaksat (1990 to 1993), serving the indigenous communities of the Western Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta region. He contributed to the ongoing efforts to preserve and revitalize the indigenous languages of the Far North, and to re-appropriate print, broadcast and later web media so that they could better serve the indigenous peoples of the region.

"Zellen launched Cabin Fever, a new regional newspaper serving the villages of the Far North that published from 1998 to 2000 in print form; after watching the rise of the Internet and noting its rapid penetration of the long-isolated Arctic region, he re-launched Cabin Fever in 2001 as an online, pan-northern news portal under a new name, The Sourdough, partnering with web entrepreneur and coding prodigy, Corey Taylor, creator of the OnPub web publishing platform. In subsequent years, he rolled out a series of new electronic trade publications built upon the OnPub code stack: Wireless Innovator, Security Innovator, and Enterprise Innovator, all part of the Technology Innovator publishing group. Zellen also became author of Hewlett Packard's in-house daily technology roundup, the Competitive Intelligence in Action Report, serving in that capacity from 2003 to 2006, providing over 4,000 HP staff and managers on a daily basis with a real-time updates and trend analysis of issues affecting the enterprise IT industry.

"After 9/11, Zellen increasingly turned his attention to the role technology would play in waging the war on terror, and in 2002 he became counterterrorism and homeland security correspondent for Intersec, the UK's journal of international security. In 2004, he began working at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), first as managing editor of its monthly journal, Strategic Insights and later as the managing editor of the The Culture and Conflict Review, published by the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies (CCS). Zellen also directs the Arctic Security Project, an ongoing research endeavor that addresses the strategic implications of climate change and a polar thaw, returning his attention to the region he long called home as it began to experience a profound geophysical transformation.

"In addition to Zellen's research and journalism projects, he is an author with three published books in print, four more forthcoming in 2011, and five additional book manuscripts completed. All said, Zellen has authored 12 completed nonfiction books, with several new projects in development." [1]

Funding Obtained during 1980s [2]

  • Center for Astrophysics (1982): Research Assistant at the Center for Astrophysics. Also served as a Teaching Fellow in Introduction to Astrophysics.
  • Program on Nonviolent Sanctions in Conflict and Defense (1983): I served as research assistant to Gene Sharp, the theorist of nonviolent strategic change, during the summer of 1983 at Harvard’s Program on Nonviolent Sanctions in Conflict and Defense.
  • Department of Government, Harvard University (1984): Research Assistant to Dr. Kent Calder and John D. Montgomery on International Dimensions of Land Reform project.
  • MacArthur Foundation (1985-86): $10,000 pre-doctoral international security fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation
  • Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation Visiting Fellow, UCSD (1986-1987): I received a $10,000 IGCC predoctoral fellowship to conduct research on the philosophical foundations of nuclear strategy. Deferred.
  • Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation Visiting Fellow, UCSD (1987-1988): I received a $12,000 IGCC predoctoral fellowship to continue research on the philosophical foundations of nuclear strategy, and to commence research on naval strategy in the Far North, as well as other Arctic security issues.

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  1. About, Barry S. Zellen, accessed January 15, 2011.
  2. Projects, Barry S. Zellen, accessed January 15, 2011.