The following Afghan peace and development experts are currently advising the program:
Aref Dostyar is former Consul General of Afghanistan in Los Angeles and serves as a Senior Advisor to the AfPAD. 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 Afghanistan’s National Security Council and served as liaison to global foreign policy directors.
Dostyar's writing can be found in the New York Times, the BBC, the book In Search of Peace for Afghanistan (Kakar History Foundation Press 2021), Strategic Analysis (Routledge 2016), Hasht-e-Subh Daily, 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.
Malalai Habibi serves as an advisor to the AfPAD. She currently works with the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) as a Program Officer and furthers the women, peace and security agenda, with a particular focus on supporting Afghan women peacebuilders. Previously she worked with the Afghan diaspora, particularly with women and children in Iran. She was engaged with different entities including the Afghanistan Embassy in Tehran and Herat University in Afghanistan on topics around women, peace, and education.
Her publications on Afghanistan in both Farsi and English can be found in Devex, Peace Direct, Etilaatroz, BBC Farsi, VOA Dari, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur. She is a 2019 graduate of the Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies program and is originally from Herat, Afghanistan.
Roqia Samim works as Senior Research Associate of Human Rights L.L.M Program at the University Notre Dame's Law School. Samim has an L.L.M degree from Notre Dame and an undergraduate degree from Herat University, Afghanistan. She worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2019 to 2020 in the Political Affairs Service and Human Rights Service to promote Sustainable Development Goals for Gender Equality, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. Samim's recent publication is on the State of Women's Rights and Freedoms after the Taliban's Takeover in Afghanistan.
Notre Dame Faculty
The following Notre Dame faculty members are active as part of the AfPAD.
Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)
David Cortright, Professor Emeritus of the Practice, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Madhav Joshi, Research Professor and Associate Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)
Ebrahim Moosa, Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies, Keough School of Global Affairs, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Department of History
Laurie Nathan, Professor of the Practice of Mediation and Kroc Institute Mediation Program Director
Ray Offenheiser, William J. Pulte Director, Pulte Institute for Global Development; Professor of the Practice
Lisa Schirch, Richard G. Starmann, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute