David Esmati is a second year M.A. student in International Relations. He earned his B.A. degree in International Relations Honors from New York University. He is interested in international security issues, Afghanistan-Pakistan, sustainable development, financing for development and peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery. His past work experience in related fields includes work with The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, The United States Mission to the United Nations, NGO’s and think tanks. He is currently attempting to write a thesis on the effect of development aid to Afghanistan.