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Mark Kass, PhD
Dr. Mark Kass currently works as the Managing Director for Ph. Diversified Services Worldwide, Inc., a firm that specializes in assisting corporations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in global political risk assessment, conflict resolution, and change management. Dr. Kass uses his extensive experience in management and leadership training to assist clients in managing the changes they encounter during periods of growth and periods of decline. His emphasis on creating or sustaining cultures of corporate innovation during periods of change has helped his clients manage their businesses effectively through turbulent economic challenges, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kass has lectured and taught widely throughout the world. His lecture topics have included the management of political and business cultural conflicts during organizational transitions; the implementation of change control management strategies; and the design of global training and educational curricula for major universities and international organizations. He. Is also a Mandarin speaker.

Dr. Kass received a doctorate in international relations from the University of Missouri. He also received a master's degree in international relations from Creighton University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College. His personal interests include music and martial arts. Dr. Kass also reviews books for the New York Journal of Books.

Dr. Kass’ most recent published work, “Intercultural cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians: A guide to conflict resolution facilitation” demonstrates how conflict and change management within the Israeli-Palestinian geo-political dispute has relevance and solutions for understanding effective cross-cultural communication in the workplace.

For more information, or to connect with Dr. Kass, please visit his LinkedIn Profile.

Entries by Mark Kass, PhD

Achieving a Better Understanding of Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Haroon K. Ullah's work, Vying for Allah's Vote, focuses on democratization, security studies, and political party dynamics. He has a master's degree in public policy and international development from Harvard University and holds a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. Ullah is currently a staff advisor the...

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A Powerful MidEastern Voice

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 2:07 PM

Scott Anderson's work, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, sets the framework for a revisiting of the T. E. Lawrence saga by casting a much bigger net than Lawrence did in his work The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and in the...

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Beyond the National Wealth

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 1:05 PM

There are many authorities who take issue with and raise concerns about the current state of our societal institutions. This trend began in the early 1990s with Francis Fukuyama's work, The End of History and continues to this day with Niall Ferguson's The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies...

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Additional Insights Into General Petraeus

(12) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:50 PM

Paula Broadwell, and Vernon Loeb's work All In presents a crystal clear picture of Dr. David Petraeus both as a man and as a leader. In fact, his approach to leadership, and the embodiment of his expertise as a military-scholar are the key to the book.

To place General...

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A New View of Custer

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 5:09 PM

If I were an Indian I think that I would greatly prefer to cast my lot with those of my people who adhered to the free life of the plains rather than to the limits of a reservation, there to be the recipient of the blessed benefits of civilization, with...
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A New Approach to the Real Saudi Arabia

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:30 PM

"... Saudi Arabia is the interplay of multiple issues -- religion, royalty, economics, culture, tradition, and modernity -- in a society still largely shrouded in its robes and abayas... "

Karen Elliott House's work On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines, and Future is a profoundly important work...

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Foreign Policy for Dummies

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Kevin McGrath's Confronting Al Qaeda is published at a fortuitous time. With the 2011 elimination of Osama bin Laden, the general public continues to seek guidance on the best ways to confront Al Qaeda and how to better manage our relationship with that entity in order to protect the well-being...

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Review: Making It In America

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Basic manufacturing -- however that is now defined -- has fallen on hard times in the United States. Much of our manufacturing base has either been neglected, subject to outsourcing, or simply taken over by other countries -- especially those who are classified as emerging economies. Further evidence of this...

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