Associate Fellow for National Security

Parker Novak is the Resident Program Director for the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Timor-Leste, where he manages a multi-million dollar U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant and all aspects of IRI's in-country presence. To-date, he has lived in six countries, worked in nine, and traveled to 24.

Novak's experience spans the globe, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. He has lived and worked for IRI in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Mongolia; implemented projects for IRI in Burma, Georgia, and Tunisia; and consulted for the Liberal Party of Australia on their successful 2013 and 2016 federal election campaigns. In addition, he has provided political analysis to a range of international media outlets and studied abroad in four countries.

Prior to working internationally, Novak served as an aide to then-U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and worked on a variety of political and public affairs campaigns in his home state of Ohio. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Management and Global Politics from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Recent Posts

See Parker Novak's most recent work here. 
April 16, 2019
Garrison calls the criticism of Rep. Omar a distraction from the White House’s issues

Bishop Garrison, co-founder and president of the Rainey Center, recently joined Brian Darling, founder and president of Liberty Government Affairs, on MSNBC discussing Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comments regarding 9/11 and the critical responses from President Trump and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

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April 9, 2019
Bishop Garrison: Nielsen firing another example of Trump administration putting politics over the safety of the American people

In response to the firing of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, national security expert and co-founder and president of the Rainey Center, Bishop Garrison, has the following statement: “This administration is willing to risk everything – including the domestic safety of American citizens - in order to gain political points with its base. Having no permanent […]

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April 8, 2019
An energy park as a solution for the U.S.-Mexico border

What if the U.S.-Mexico border was secured with a protected “energy park” instead of a wall? Sarah E. Hunt, the co-founder and CEO of the Rainey Center, says this idea could be a bipartisan and international solution that would provide clean energy resources and job opportunities instead of just a physical barrier.

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