Keith Mines is an Interagency Fellow in Residence at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Before coming to USIP he was political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and Consul General in Mazar e-Sharif, where he oversaw U.S. assistance and outreach to the nine provinces of Northern Afghanistan. Mr. Mines is a career foreign service officer with additional postings to Mexico City, San Salvador, Port-au-Prince, Washington D.C. (Brazilian affairs), Budapest and Ottawa. Mr. Mines also served in Darfur, Al Anbar - Iraq, Kabul, and Mogadishu. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a U.S. Army Special Forces officer with service in Grenada, Central America and North Carolina. He was educated at Brigham Young University and Georgetown University where he studied history and diplomacy. He has published extensively on post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization and security and defense architecture in the post-Westphalian world.