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, and co-authored 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.