Field perspectives on violence in Latin America
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Center, Philadelphia
Senior Consultant, Crisis & Resilience Consulting at Control Risks
Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, SIPA
David Danelo graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 and served seven years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. In 2004, then-Captain Danelo served near Fallujah with the First Marine Expeditionary Force as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer for a rifle company. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a commendation for valor during his tour in Iraq. In 2005, after Danelo left active duty, the U.S. Naval Institute commissioned him as a freelance correspondent for Proceedings, their flagship publication. He spent a week reporting from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and a month covering the U.S. military in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti. The same year, Danelo traveled to Vietnam to write a comparison of modern-day Vietnam and Iraq for Nguoi Viet Daily, the largest Vietnamese newspaper in North America. Danelo’s first book, Blood Stripes: The Grunt’s View of the War in Iraq, was published in 2006. A third-person account of five corporals and sergeants who deployed to Iraq in 2004, Blood Stripes was awarded the 2006 Silver Medal (Military History) by the Military Writers Society of America. It was also named a Notable Book of 2006 by the U.S. Naval Institute and is on a mandatory reading list created by General James Mattis for Marines deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 2006-2007, Danelo edited ON Point, an internationally-themed website specializing in news and analysis of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. That year, the Naval Institute selected Danelo as “Co-author of the Year” for his work as their first foreign correspondent. He also wrote for the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Marine Corps Gazette, Military.com, and Parade Magazine.
After writing a March 2007 cover story on the future of the Iraqi Army for Parade Magazine, Danelo spent three months traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean researching his second book, The Border: Exploring the U.S.-Mexican Divide. An investigation into a region that has rapidly become a conflict zone, The Border includes interviews with Border Patrol agents, local politicians, police officers, immigration activists, deported migrants, and religious officials. The Border is the first literary exploration of the 1,952 mile US-Mexico border from coast-to-coast, as well as the first detailed examination of the border conflict by an Iraq war veteran. Because of his non-partisan, educational approach, Danelo’s work has been endorsed by The Economist, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and the Military Writers Society of America, who awarded The Border a 2008 Gold Medal (Current Events). Texas Books in Review called The Border, “an unequivocally compelling read.” Danelo is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, where he is working on a book about northern Mexico. He is often retained as a geopolitical consultant and international border analyst.
Jonathan Kalaher is a Senior Consultant in Control Risks’ Crisis & Resilience practice. His areas of expertise include evaluation of client risk exposure and designing global risk mitigation solutions; and pre-incident planning, training and management of acute crisis response. His projects include comprehensive crisis management program development and implementation, as well as tailored support to existing programs for private, public and nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Prior to joining Control Risks, Kalaher worked with the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division as a counterterrorism intelligence research specialist on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Africa. At NYPD, he supported the City of New York’s comprehensive counterterrorism programs post 9/11. Projects included development of full spectrum intelligence analysis and exploitation, incident response plans to combat homegrown terrorism, and developing risk mitigation strategies to prevent catastrophic events. Earlier in his career, Jonathan served with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as an infantry officer and as a liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command where he conducted highly sensitive missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and served in a joint interagency capacity on behalf of the United States led alliance. Jonathan holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.