Adam Lichtenheld is a PhD student interested in forced migration, political violence, civil war, and peacebuilding. He holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. His master’s thesis examined the influence of social capital on the livelihoods of returning refugees in South Sudan. Adam has worked in the Middle East as a journalist for National Geographic and other publications, served as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in Washington, D.C., and managed post-conflict foreign assistance and political transition programs in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, and Libya on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He writes for UN Dispatch and continues to serve as a consultant for implementers of USAID and other international development programs worldwide.