Scholars in Residence

Scholars in Residence are peace studies scholars invited to conduct research at the Kroc Institute by a core member of the Kroc faculty. Scholars receive office space and have the chance to engage with the academic community at the Kroc Institute. Click here to learn more about our Visiting Research Fellows program, which provides additional financial support for select scholars each year.
 

Aref

Aref Dostyar is Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Los Angeles. Previously he worked in Afghanistan’s Office of the National Security Council, serving as the Director General for International Relations and Regional Cooperation and Director of Peace and Reconciliation Affairs. In these leadership positions, he provided regular policy insight to the President of Afghanistan and his team and served as liaison to global foreign policy directors. Dostyar's writing can be found in the New York Times, the BBCIn Search of Peace for Afghanistan (Kakar History Foundation Press, 2021), Strategic Journal (Routledge, 2016), and other publications. Through a Fulbright Scholarship, Dostyar earned a Master's in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.