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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Mark Roland

Mark Roland – Annual Fellow: Student

Mark Roland is a U.S. Army Special Forces warrant officer with twenty years of service.  His regional focus is Latin America, where he has deployed multiple times working with partner nation’s Military and Police elements in support of shared national and regional objectives.  Mark has also served in Somalia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.  He is a graduate of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies Strategy, Defense, and Policy course which brings together senior executive civilian and military leaders of the Western Hemisphere to examine and discuss issues faced by democratic governments in the application of strategy, defense, and policy to achieve national defense and security outcomes.  Mark served as a doctrine developer at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School where he hosted the Mexican Army Special Forces training center commander and senior army staff in a week long working group to assist them in developing special operations doctrine which previously did not exist.  In 2012 he collaborated with the Special Warfare Education Group as a contributing writer for the Army special operations forces component of the Army language, regional expertise, and culture policy.  Mark co-produced and appeared in “USASOC Breaking the Stigma”, a video that addresses combat stress and dispels existing myths about behavioral health treatment among service members.  Mark continues to collaborate with others and speak publicly to further the research and understanding of trauma and its effects on individuals and societies. 

While a Student Fellows at ISCL, he is completing his Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense analysis at Norwich University in fall of 2014.  His research focus is the rapidly evolving relationship between Western Hemisphere nations and China.  Mark currently serves as the company operations officer at the Special Operations Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School at Camp Mackall, NC.

Mark recently co-produced a video for the United States Special Forces Command called Combat Related Stress: Breaking the Stigma.