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Wes Horne specializes in governance, inclusion, and conflict management. Over the past decade, he has lived and worked throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. He currently Serves as Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Iraq: Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response - Learning and Pilots project. He and his team in Iraq are developing and piloting new approaches to programming in support of women, girls, and their families in communities recovering from ISIS.

He previously managed the Mitigating Conflict in Iraqi Host Communities project, which worked to bridge the gap between local government and their constituents by facilitating improved and more inclusive services through participatory planning. He also supported the USAID–funded Tarabot Iraq Administrative Reform project as field staff based in Baghdad. Prior to MSI, Wes oversaw UNICEF and WFP initiatives in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. He also worked on a range of constitution making, civil society capacity building and rule of law initiatives with the United States Institute of Peace in Libya and Iraq.

Wes regularly contributes on research and analysis on governance, conflict, and inclusion. Recent analytical work has focused on countering violent extremism, administrative reform in Iraq, the political marketplace in Yemen, the political economy of corruption in Afghanistan, and decentralization in Indonesia. He is fluent in Arabic and holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American University of Beirut, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego.