AISS Team

Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta is former Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser, former Foreign Minister and the Senior Advisor on International Affairs to President Hamid Karzai. Dr. Spanta fled to T...

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Dr. Barnett R. Rubin

Dr. Rubin is one of the world’s foremost experts on Afghanistan and the surrounding region. Having served as special advisor during the Bonn Conference and contributed to development of Afghanist...

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Dr. David Samuel Sedney

Mr. David Samuel Sedney was recently Acting President of the American University of Afghanistan. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia in...

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Dr. Sima Samar

Dr. Samar is currently the Chairwoman of the Independent Afghanistan Human Rights Commission. She served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan from Augu...

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Professor Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Professor Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh leads the specialized program on Human Security at the Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris. She also serves ...

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Dr. Radha Kumar

Dr. Radha Kumar, Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, is a specialist in ethnic conflicts and peace building. Currently, she is on the Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UN...

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Ambassador Kai Eide

Ambassador Kai Eide was appointed the United Nations Special Representative to Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in 2008, a position he held until March 2...

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Professor Wang Jisi

Professor WANG Jisi is dean of the School of International Studies and Director of the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University. He has been a member of Foreign Policy A...

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Ahmad Nader Nadery

Ahmad Nader Nadery is currently Head of Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. He was the Commissioner for Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. He represented Afghan Civil Socie...

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Research Fellows


Gen. Abdul Hadi Khalid

Researcher Fellow

Lt. General Abdul Hadi Khalid is a fellow researcher of Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), Kabul since 2012. Previously he has held position of Vice Minister MOI of Afghanistan (2006-20...

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Mr. Tamim Asey

Adviser and Research Fellow

Tamim Asey is Deputy Minister for Policy and Strategy at the Ministry of Defense of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He is a fellow at Asia Society and was a Fulbright scholar at Columbia Unive...

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Mr. Nazir Kabiri

Research Fellow

Nazir Kabiri is Advisor to the Finance Minister of Afghanistan. He assumed office in December 2011. Mr. Kabiri advises the Minister in Development and Financial Policies. In this role his principa...

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Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari

Research Fellow

Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari, Ph.D.-C, is the Deputy Chief of Mission (Minister Counselor) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India where he has also served as the country’s Chargé d’Affaires ...

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Mr Zalmai Nishat Darayi

Research Fellow

Mr Zalmai Nishat Darayi is a Research Associate at the Asia Centre of the University of Sussex. He has a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London,...

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Mr. Qasim Wafaye zada

Research Fellow

Mr. Qasim Wafaye zada was born in Waras district of Bamyan Province in July 1980. He finished school in Panjab High School and graduated from Journalism Faculty of Kabul University in 2005. He was ...

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Mozammil Shinwari

Research Fellow

Former Deputy Minister of Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) (Dec 2011 - Aug 2016). He also served as Acting Minister for the period of 5 months in the start of the National Unity Governmen...

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