Farhad Peikar is a communication consultant for the MENA Multi-donor Trust Fund and the MENA Transition Fund, as well as a writer for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence CCSA. Farhad has over ten years of experience in research, communication outreach and media. He worked as a journalist with local and international media outlets, including CNN, and the Spanish News Agency, covering the conflict, politics and international military engagement in post-2001 Afghanistan. He served as the UN correspondent for the German Press Agency in New York for two years prior to joining the Bank. A Fulbright Scholar, Farhad earned dual master’s degrees in International Relations and Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He also earned an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University. Farhad is interested in international development, global security, post-conflict reconstruction, and communication technology. He has conducted research on reconciliation and negotiation, counter-terrorism, and the world of drones.