I am a mature PhD student at Dalhousie University examining failed/failing states, with focus on Afghanistan. I am part of Dalhousie's 2021 OpenThink cohort. As noted above, I hold 4 MA degrees. I have more than 25 years field development experience in Africa and Asia, including some 7 years in Afghanistan with the Asian Development Bank and with a multi-donor funded civil society strengthening project. My assessment of Cambodia's post-1993 transition to democracy and development was published jointly in 1998 by Brookings Institution Press and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).