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. 
February 14, 2019
New Rainey Center Study Examines How Russian Misinformation Attacks Are Now Using Dating Apps

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the latest Rainey Center study examines how Russian propaganda efforts are being conducted through a surprising medium: online dating apps. A new white paper by Rainey Center Associate Fellow and Ukrainian political scholar Veronika Velch shows how a female university student's accusations of sexual harassment against a high ranking […]

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February 8, 2019
Bishop Garrison: The Huawei threat is real. Congress should act accordingly.

Rainey Center co-founder and President Bishop Garrison published an op-ed at the Federal Times regarding the threat posed by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

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January 15, 2019
Bishop Garrison on MSNBC Discussing Border Security Issues During the Shutdown

Rainey Center co-founder and President Bishop Garrison appeared on MSNBC along with Brian Darling, the president of Liberty Government Affairs, to discuss the border security aspects of the government shutdown debate, as well as the financial impact the shutdown has on federal employees.

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