Abhik joins the USGLC after serving as a Fulbright grantee in the city of Daejeon, South Korea. In Korea, he conducted research on the startup ecosystem in Pangyo Techno Valley in addition to fulfilling his teaching duties. Prior to living abroad, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where he received a degree in political economy. While an undergrad, he completed several policy based internships. Most notably, he interned in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development. A Maryland native, Abhik is happy to be back on the East Coast after five long years.
Over the past three decades, global poverty has declined by nearly 70 percent as hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Despite this tremendous progress, more must be done to fill an enormous void: the U.N.’s Sustainable...
Amidst continuing budget uncertainty, USAID Administrator Mark Green has responded to the President’s guidance for all agencies to “improve [their] efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability” with a smart set of proposals known as “USAID Transformation.” Designed to strengthen the agency’s capacity to respond to the growing humanitarian crises and challenges around the world, the proposal lays out a plan to strengthen the agency at a time when efficiency and effectiveness are particularly important to shore up funding.
In recent weeks, some of our nation’s top military leaders—the heads of the regional Combatant Commands—have testified on Capitol Hill. Speaking about the threats they face around the world, every Commander stressed that the State Department...
As the international community gears up to tackle the emerging challenges of 2018, two enduring problems must first be addressed: ongoing violent conflicts and subsequent humanitarian emergencies. Since 2010, state-on-state conflict has increased by 60 percent, and conflict within countries has increased by 125 percent. As a result of this dangerous trend, the number of people forced to flee their homes is at an all-time high since World War II.
On September 12th, the United Nations kicks off its 72nd General Assembly with leaders from across the globe in attendance. Coordination of the U.N.’s humanitarian and disaster relief efforts will be central to the conversation, especially in Yemen, which was recently declared the world’s largest humanitarian crisis by the heads of several global humanitarian agencies.
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As Secretary Tillerson and the Foreign and Civil Service Officers he leads around the world face unprecedented challenges—including the largest number of refugees since World War II, four famines affecting more than 20 million, and the risk of another global pandemic—he should consider building on the success of his predecessors, who recognized the new challenges our country faces, rather than ignoring their contributions.
Last week, the Administration released its full FY18 budget request, which includes a 32 percent cut to the International Affairs Budget and signals the potential elimination of U.S. assistance to 37 nations. China, on the other hand, recently held a summit to launch a multibillion dollar global infrastructure and development initiative spanning 65 countries that account for 60 percent of the world’s population. One Belt One Road is President Xi Xinping’s ambitious effort to re-assert China’s global economic leadership. China seeks to revive the historic “Silk Road” trading route— spanning from the Netherlands to Indonesia— which helped facilitate international trade for centuries.
As former Secretary of Defense Gates has said, “You would find…extraordinary support across the entire Defense Department” for the State Department “and for their budget,” a fact that been made readily apparent over the last month. In written and oral testimony in Congress, our military’s most senior officers have made it clear that the Administration’s proposed cuts would not only make their jobs harder, but that a strong, fully resourced International Affairs Budget is vital to an effective national security strategy.