About me: I am currently a program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where I support the USIP Asia Center’s research and publications.  My professional and personal interests include the political dynamics of Pakistan and Afghanistan and American engagement with the region; the study of state formation and violent political organizations more generally; climate change and energy conservation; and U.S. politics, among other issues.

I received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins-SAIS, with a concentration in South Asia and international economics in 2014, and my undergraduate degree in international relations from Boston University in 2005. From 2008-2013 I served in a variety of assistant and analyst positions at the Center for American Progress, all focused on U.S. foreign policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. In another life, I taught English in Japan, and my ultimate goal is to tear myself away from this and open a backpacker’s hostel in New Zealand. I like to build houses and take photos.

About this blog: By volume, the largest category of material published here are my daily summaries of news events in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You can also read more-developed analysis columns, book reviews, and primary source document reviews from earlier in this blog’s history when I was better about producing more varied content. Writings published externally are or will be listed here.

Twitter is my primary outlet for quick thoughts and public discussions on a range of issues; assuming you didn’t find me through it in the first place, this site will probably work best as an annex to my stream of thoughts there.

Since 2014 I’ve also become a regular user of Goodreads as a means of tracking my book readings and sharing short reviews of what I read, which can be found here.

General disclaimer: As noted at the bottom of each page, unless otherwise cited all commentary on this site represents my personal views alone, is produced in my own time, and does not necessarily represent the views of any past, present, or future employers.