Michael Daxner is a retired Professor of Sociology and University President. After four years’ service for the Austrian government, Daxner was a Professor at the University of Osnabrück and President of the University of Oldenburg, both in Germany, a member of the UNMIK government in Kosovo, and after 2003, researcher and Advisor in Afghanistan. He has completed further research in the Caucasus, and on veterans and the Afghan diaspora in Germany.Marion Näser-Lather is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies at Marburg, Germany. After receiving her PhD in European Ethnology on families within the German Armed Forces, she held postdoctoral positions at Paderborn, Marburg and Innsbruck, Austria. Her research interests include critical military studies and gender studies.Silvia-Lucretia Nicola is currently a Research Associate at the Felsberg Institute for Education and Academic Research, Germany. Her research focuses thematically on the dynamics of violence and armed conflicts, and regionally on the wider Middle East.