<Amir A. Afkhami, MD, PhD, is an associate professor with joint appointments in psychiatry, global health, and history at The George Washington University. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Defense's Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA). His work focuses on the intersection of diplomacy and international development particularly on the role of psychiatric education and the mental health consequences of conflict. Afkhami planned and led the implementation of the State Department funded Iraq Mental Health Initiative to rebuild Iraq's mental health delivery capabilities and authored a psychosocial treatment manual as part of USAID's Afghanistan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP-II). His forthcoming book is entitled “A Modern Contagion: Imperialism and Public Health in Iran's Age of Cholera” (Johns Hopkins University Press, Spring 2019).