Mark Parker is an international security analyst for the U.S. government focused on the intersection of political affairs and defense issues. His work has focused on examining how organizational structure and interpersonal relations shape foreign policy and civil-military relations. He previously served as a staff assistant on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, preparing members of Congress and staff for hearings with senior defense officials, diplomats, and experts from academia. Mark is a native of Washington, D.C. and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007. At Yale, Mark intends to study strategy and international security.