The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:
“The Other Front in Afghanistan: A Book Talk with Carlos Terrones”
with Carlos Terrones
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
Human Resources Administration, New York City
moderated by Dipali Mukhopadhyay
Many factors, such as security and civil unrest, can complicate building a local institution. In places such as Maiwand, one of the birthplaces of the Taliban, success is determined only if Afghans are willing to take the lead after we leave. We made progress in Maiwand during my tour and if our Afghan colleagues continue to build on the success that we achieved as a community; then we could have a long-term success. The book includes stories as well as details of the technical work that I did in the District of Maiwand. After several months of hard work and perseverance we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
Carlos Terrones is an international development practitioner who has worked in international development projects related to good governance and civil society in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Carlos began his career in public service when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and went on to later serve in the Peace Corps in Albania. After his Peace Corps service, he was involved with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he assisted with the management and coordination of Food Aid development programs in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Carlos also assisted USAID with the anti-corruption projects in Central America and the Caribbean. After that, he received a Masters in Public Administration and specialized in Economic and Political Development. After SIPA, Carlos joined the U.S. State Department, where he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was involved at the cutting edge of building their institutions. After Afghanistan, Carlos attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard University – John F. Kennedy School of Government – where he analyzed and studied on how to thrive government performance. Today, Carlos has brought his international development experience to the New York City, where he is the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for New York City’s Human Resources Administration – Department of Social Services. This is his first book.