Michelle S. Parker has recently returned to the United States after working for two and one-half years in Afghanistan as the first development advisor to NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, where she was responsible for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Afghanistan portfolio, strategizing and operationalizing development in a counterinsurgency, Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), and providing an overall view of the development sector in Afghanistan (2006). She was also managing the USAID Jalalabad Field Office, where she served as the USAID representative in Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, and as the development lead in the Jalalabad PRT (2004–06). Ms Parker has consulted with the International Republican Institute in Wuhan, China (2004); the National Taurida Vernadsky University in Crimea, Ukraine (2002–03); and USAID in Kathmandu, Nepal (2002). She has also spent a number of years as a management analyst with the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland (2001–04). Ms Parker has a BA in international relations from Georgia State University and a MS in conflict analysis and resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She is conducting her International Affairs Fellowship at RAND in Washington, DC.
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FeaturedRandi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks on the considerations schools face in terms of reopening, taking into account their individual needs as well as public health and CDC recommendations. Jacob Carpenter, education reporter at the Houston Chronicle, discusses best practices for framing stories related to this topic. Carla Anne Robbins, adjunct senior fellow at CFR and former deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times, hosts the webinar.
Webinar with Jacob Carpenter and Randi Weingarten April 15, 2021 Local Journalists Webinars
FeaturedMargaret MacMillan discusses prominent events in history that can help increase our understanding of current events and guide policymaking. This meeting launches CFR’s new speaker series, The 21st Century World: Big Challenges & Big Ideas, which will feature some of today’s leading thinkers and tackle issues that will define this century. The series commemorates CFR’s centennial and will be released as a podcast later this year.
Virtual Event with Margaret MacMillan April 13, 2021
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