Asia Foundation Appoints Matthew Arnold as Deputy Country Representative in Myanmar

Yangon, November 3, 2016 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Matthew Arnold to Deputy Country Representative in Myanmar. In this capacity he will provide leadership support and will focus on subnational governance, conflict, and managing a diverse research portfolio. Dr. Arnold has broad field-based monitoring and evaluation experience; has conducted extensive academic research on conflict, security and state fragility; and has in-depth knowledge of Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Thailand.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Arnold served as the Foundation’s program director in Myanmar. Joining the Foundation in 2011, he has also served as assistant director of the Governance and Law program, and senior program officer for the Foundation in Thailand, overseeing results monitoring and research regarding conflict and fragility programming. Dr. Arnold has co-authored numerous Asia Foundation reports including, State and Region Governments in MyanmarAdministering the State in Myanmarand, contributed to Myanmar 2014: Civic Knowledge and Values in a Changing Society

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Arnold was a Senior Research Fellow at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University where he conducted research focused on foreign interventionism and post-conflict reconstruction in weak states. Dr. Arnold also worked for the UN World Food Programme managing operations in refugee camps in Ethiopia and as a monitoring & evaluation advisor in humanitarian crises ranging from Liberia, Afghanistan and the DR Congo to Sri Lanka, Aceh, and Timor-Leste.

Dr. Arnold has co-authored two books: Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace (Zed Books, 2011) and South Sudan: From revolution to independence (Oxford University Press, 2012). He also has published in leading journals on Asia, security and development, including Asian SurveyInternational Peacekeeping, and Conflict, Security and Development. Dr. Arnold holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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