Joyenda yabenda ast
 -Dari Proverb

Literal translation : a seeker a founder is

This proverb means that a seeker is a finder. If you are determined to do something and you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed.


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Cyndy Levy Bio

Cyndy Levy, PhD - Senior Fellow

Cyndy Levy, PhD, teaches in the Norwich Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis (SSDA) Program. She has served as Assistant Provost for External Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. NPS loaned her to the Government of Hungary to support their accession into NATO.  While there, she taught Strategic Studies at the Hungarian National Defense University. Levy was a full Professor at the National Defense University in DC. She has lectured worldwide for the US Naval Justice School and taught Political Science at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She studied at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy for a MALD in Strategic Studies and International Law. She received an MPA from The Maxwell School of Public Administration and her Ph.D. from The Hungarian National Defense University. Recruited into the CIA (The Office of Strategic Research), she then served as Special Assistant to the SecDef on the 6-man team that wrote the first Defense Guidance--an incredible task of negotiation between the services, Joint Chiefs, White House and Office of the Secretary of Defense, as there were no computers or cell phones and negotiation was face-to-face! She was the Legislative Assistant (LA) for Senator Orrin Hatch on Defense and Intelligence and worked extensively on the sale of AWACS and Chemical Weapons Disposal and Containment. Cyndi also served US Senator John Chafee (R-RI) as his LA for Defense and Foreign Affairs emphasizing the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, with extensive work on the Nuclear and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaties. She worked for the MITRE Corporation as a C3I analyst focusing on Soviet Emitter & Jammer Threats, Future Technologies and Functional Modeling of Soviet Tactics. She is most proud of working with her mentor, Dr. Ray Cline (former Deputy Director of the CIA for Intelligence), as his Special Assistant while he was a Senior Fellow with Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).