Dr. Alan Tidwell is the Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies (CANZPS) at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service. His areas of interest include the Australian-American alliance, politics of foreign affairs, smaller states, and conflict resolution. Prior to joining Georgetown University, he was a program officer with the United States Institute of Peace, where he specialized in conflict resolution and capacity building in Southeast Asia. His work focused particularly on the peace processes in Mindanao and Aceh. In 1992, Tidwell, a Washington D.C. native, moved to Sydney, Australia where he was a senior lecturer in senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Management specializing in conflict resolution and negotiation. He also served as the research director of the Australian Centre for American Studies at the Sydney University. Tidwell holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent, a Masters in professional ethics from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters degree in conflict management from George Mason University.