Five College Consortium

Five College Middle Eastern Studies Program

ASSESSING THE ‘OBAMA SURGE’ IN AFGHANISTAN

Wed, Dec 6 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
West Lecture Hall

Please join us at Hampshire College for a special presentation by Mr. Thomas Johnson, Jr.

Mr. Johnson has 30-years’ experience working in the field of international development as a Foreign Service Officer for USAID and private sector consulting companies. During this time he has worked in places such as Mozambique, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Palestine.

After briefly discussing the current state of international development and US government foreign assistance, Mr. Johnson’s lecture will then focus on his time serving as Technical Director for MISTI (Measuring Impact of Stabilization and Transition Initiatives) a $20+ million monitoring and evaluation initiative in Afghanistan. MISTI involved the largest and arguably most complex quasi-experimental impact evaluation ever conducted by USAID or any donor. It assessed the impact of almost a $1 billion in USAID stabilization programming over a 30 month period - considered key to the Obama Administration's Afghan "surge." Mr. Johnson will discuss the process of developing MISTI as well as how its implementation and findings influenced changes in USAID and US policy in Afghanistan.

A Q&A session will follow the lecture and light refreshments will be provided.

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