Dr Ron D. Petitte is a tenured Professor of Politics and Government at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, where he heads the discipline of Politics and Government, which he developed and in which he has taught for 16 years. In addition, Dr Petitte directs the Bryan College Center for Leadership Initiatives. His Justice and Mercy Initiative aims primarily at countering human trafficking, with a special emphasis on the plight of women and children. Dr Petitte presented a series of papers on the subject of human trafficking at three Oxford Round Tables, held, respectively at Pembroke, Lincoln, and Harris Manchester Colleges, at the University of Oxford, England. These papers collectively formed the basis for his work, Civilization at Risk: Seeds of Strife.