TISS is an inclusive organization and welcomes all persons with an interest in informed discussion about national security events. At its core are some fifty scholars and practitioners who are very active in the organization and are listed in the Directory. Also noted in this section of the website are a number of groups and individuals who have played – and in most cases continue to play – a special role in the life of TISS. These include our founders, Board Members (Past and Present), undergraduate scholars (Wickershams), graduate students who have participated in our New Faces program, and Fellows (Past and Present).
: Rolin Mainuddin is associate professor of political science at North Carolina Central University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas. Before earning two master 19s degrees in political science and international affairs (administrative studies), respectively, from Ohio University, he completed graduate and undergraduate studies in international relations at Dhaka University (Bangladesh). His research interest is in international security and religious violence. A former president of the North Carolina Political Science Association and the Association of Third World Studies, Mainuddin serves on the editorial board of International Journal of South Asian Studies (India) and Journal of Third World Studies. Also, he is on the Executive Board of Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). Furthermore, he has appeared as a guest commentator for Voice of America (Bangla Language Service). In addition to editing a book, Religion and Politics in the Developing World: Explosive Interactions (Ashgate), his articles have appeared in Indian Journal of Asian Affairs; Journal of Political Science, Government and Politics (online); Journal of Third World Studies; Mid-American Journal of Politics; Middle East Policy, and Military Review.