joined the faculty of the National War College in July 2010. She is a Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service in USAID. She served as USAID's Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East from 2009-2010. In 21 years overseas, Ms. Aarnes served as USAID Director in Pakistan from 2007-2009, and as USAID Director in Jordan from 2003-2007. She also served as USAID Deputy Director in Egypt (2000-2003) and in Bangladesh (1997-2000). Her other USAID overseas assignments included managing strategy and budget as well as democracy and health activities for USAID programs in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus (1994-1997); and directing USAID's health, population and nutrition programs in Pakistan (1988-1993). Before joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Aarnes served in USAID's civil service in Washington in the central Office of Population, the Asia Bureau and the Policy Bureau.
Ms. Aarnes holds a BA in government from Oberlin College and an MA in political science from
George Washington University.