Our full-time Fellows bring more than one hundred years of experience working on the
ground in Afghanistan. Some have been working on the ground in the region since 1978.
They include a long-serving director of the AREU, Afghanistan's leading
indigenous research organization, the former Afghanistan or Pakistan Directors of Mercy
Corps, Oxfam, and Save the Children, and the Deputy Head of the European Union mission
and the head of the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan's political section. Fellows
have briefed many senior members of the U.S. administration including Ambassador Richard
Holbrooke and Generals Petraeus and McChrystal and have testified at numerous Senate and
Congressional hearings. Their op-eds, television appearances, and research papers have
had significant contributions to policy debate. All play an active role in teaching and
research at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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Paul Fishstein Paul Fishstein (MS, Agricultural and
Resource Economics; BA, English Literature) served as Director of the Afghanistan Research and
Evaluation Unit (AREU), a Kabul-based, policy research institution, from 2005 to 2008. Before
joining AREU as Deputy Director in 2004, Paul worked in Kabul and at provincial levels on
USAID-funded initiatives to strengthen the management of health care delivery, and from
1989-93 managed refugee assistance and “cross-border” reconstruction activities in Quetta
and Islamabad, Pakistan. Paul first worked in Afghanistan during 1977-79 as a teacher
trainer in Kabul and northern Afghanistan. Paul has also worked as a Researcher at the
World Bank in Washington, focusing on agricultural policies and food security in India
and Africa, and provided assistance on financial analysis, organizational development,
and sustainability planning to health organizations in developing countries, including
Bangladesh, Nepal, Romania, and Tanzania. Paul is currently involved in a research project
looking at the relationship between aid and stabilization in Afghanistan.
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