Advisory Board

Major General (Ret.) Charles E. Tucker, Jr., J.D.

Major General (Ret.) Charles E. Tucker, Jr., JD, is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the World Engagement Institute ("WEInstitute"). He previously served as the Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI), located at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. In these capacities, General Tucker's mission has been to develop and promote the fundamental rights of peoples around the world through education, research, documentation, capacity building and advocacy. To accomplish this, he and the WE Institute engage in contemporary human rights and rule of law research, training and advocacy, as well as in post-conflict justice capacity building programs and large-scale human rights documentation projects throughout the world. Now working through the WE Institute, General Tucker prepares international law students, professionals and scholars for rule of law and human rights careers by administering international institutional development projects, fellowship programs, special courses, internships and research opportunities in Chicago and abroad. For more than 30 years, Dr. Tucker has been an international rule of law and humanitarian law practitioner, mostly as an Air Force Judge Advocate (JAG). He was routinely seconded to the U.S. State Department and various International Organizations. He served multiple tours of duty with the United Nations in various countries and served as Economic and Legal Adviser for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also served as an International Law Adviser in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense. Additionally, he served as Legal Adviser for the US Ambassador in Iraq, as well as for State Department and DOD missions in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Central and South America. He was named as the Air National Guard's Outstanding Judge Advocate of the year. In his civilian capacity, he served as a Senior Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where he oversaw the NLRB General Counsel's adjudication of complex labor rights cases. Major General Tucker is an accomplished lecturer and has authored numerous manuals on international legal matters. He has served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the US Air Force Academy, as well as Course Director of the Academy's Comparative International Law Program. He is the founding Co-Editor of the USAFA Journal of Legal Studies. And he served as Adjunct Professor of Management for Bradley University and as an Adjunct faculty member for Wayland College. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA, Government), a 1982 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law (JD) and a 2003 graduate of the US Air War College. Prior to his retirement from the military in April 2009, Major General Tucker served on the joint staff of the National Guard Bureau. As the Director of Joint Doctrine, Training and Force Development, he was responsible for developing training and exercise policies and programs to ensure joint units of the National Guard were ready to respond to their homeland defense and homeland security missions. He managed a staff that was responsible for National Guard Bureau oversight of the Vigilant Guard exercise program, Joint Commander Training Course and the Joint State Staff Officer Course. He was responsible for facilitating the Joint Force Headquarters in the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia in their use the Joint Training Management System. He also provided oversight of the National Guard lessons learned program and he ensures use of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Assessment Program. In addition, he formulated National Guard Joint Professional Military Education policy, and coordinated periodic review of all Joint Professional Military Education curricula and he provided Joint Staff oversight to National Guard Homeland Defense and Joint Inter-agency Training Centers.

Mr. Mikael M. Pyrtel

Mikael M. Pyrtel has joined the World Engagement Institute (WEI) as a Research Fellow. Mr. Pyrtel’s academic tenure includes work in U.S. and foreign embassies, government research agencies, and non-profit organizations. His past experience includes volunteer research projects with the Commercial Section of the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, D.C. In his capacity as a graduate assistant, he worked to strengthen Iraq’s trade capacity by providing expertise in analyzing international trade and financial information, compiling lists of books and journals for Iraq’s Ministry of Trade Library Project, developing newsletters and communication strategies, and meeting with representatives from the United States Office of the Trade Representative (USTR) to discuss strengthening Iraq’s performance in trade preference programs. He also provided training to junior research assistants in commercial diplomacy, country risk analysis, and analysis of trade and investment agreements. Mr. Pyrtel also has management experience as an Interim Trade Officer with the Agriculture Section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, where he was made an Honorary Attaché. Among his duties, he edited published reports for the Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) and participated in fact-finding missions, technical policy discussions, and marketing events. He has also supported priority research projects in market and trade economics for the USDA’s Economic Research Service, as well as education, outreach, and legislative advocacy efforts for the Council on Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Brian M. Stouffer, M.A.

Brian Stouffer received his Masters of Arts in Diplomacy with a concentration in Conflict Management and Resolution from Norwich Unviersity in June 2011. His specialties include writing in new media, conflict management and resolution and international affairs. He has worked in the insurance industry and as a freelance writer since completing his undergraduate studies at University of Notre Dame in 2004. He completed a USAID Grant writing training with the World Engagement Institute (WEInstitute) and he is assisting the Somali Strategy Forum (SSF) in their web design and communication plans. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Emily.

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