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The Baker Center will host George Varughese, country representative of The Asia Foundation in Nepal, at 2 p.m. March 27 as part of the Global Security Lecture Series.

Free and open to the public, the lecture takes place in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.

Varughese’s lecture, “Politically Informed Development Approaches in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Environments: Key Challenges from Nepal and Afghanistan,” addresses his personal work in development in both Nepal and Afghanistan.

Previously, Varughese served as TAF’s country representative in Afghanistan. He has worked in various fields including political economy of development, social science research, and management in Afghanistan, India, Madagascar, Nepal, and the United States. He has also served as country program development adviser with the United Nation’s Development Program in Nepal.

In 2015–16, Varughese was a visiting professor and senior scholar at the University of Wyoming; in 2010, a senior visiting fellow at the Australian National University; and in 2008, a senior international fellow at the City University of New York.


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