Thomas Parks has worked in development assistance for 15 years, specialising in governance, political-economy, and conflict in Southeast Asia. As Regional Director at The Asia Foundation (2006-2013), he managed the Foundation’s programs addressing conflict and governance reform, with a focus on fragile states and subnational conflict areas. He designed and led the large research program that produced [The Contested Corners of Asia: Subnational Conflict and International Development](http://asiafoundation.org/publication/the-contested-corners-of-asia-subnational-conflict-and-international-development-assistance/), and co-authored [Political Settlements: Implications for International Development Policy and Practice](http://asiafoundation.org/publication/political-settlements-implications-for-international-development-policy-and-practice/). He is a regular public speaker on conflict and development issues in Asia. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, and an MA in International Affairs (Southeast Asian Studies) from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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