Afghan Advisors

The following Afghan peace and development experts are currently advising the program:

Dostyar Afghan Project

Aref Dostyar is former Consul General of Afghanistan in Los Angeles and serves as a Senior Advisor to the APDRP. 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.


Nilofar Sakhi is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and has been teaching courses as a Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She has also served as course coordinator and instructor at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and as Director of Policy and Diplomacy at McColm & Company. Sakhi also taught at George Mason University and American University of Afghanistan.

Sakhi has been widely involved in assisting peace, development, and counterinsurgency policy formulation. She has served as a Country Director of the Open Society Foundation-Afghanistan office and an Executive Director at the American University of Afghanistan. A former Fulbright fellow, Sakhi has written extensively on various aspects of traditional and nontraditional security, geopolitics of peace, peacemaking and peacebuilding processes, and human security. Her recent book is Human Security and Agency: Reframing Productive Power in Afghanistan.

She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute during Fall 2022. 


Malalai Habibi serves as an advisor to the APDRP. 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.

Notre Dame Faculty

The following Notre Dame faculty members are active as part of the APDRP. 

Alvarez Afghan Project

Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)

Cortright Afghan Project

David Cortright, Director of the Global Policy Initiative and Special Advisor for Policy Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs; Professor Emeritus of the Practice, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Joshi Afghan Project

Madhav Joshi,  Research Professor and Associate Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)

Moosa Afghan Project

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

Nathan Afghan Project

Laurie Nathan,  Professor of the Practice of Mediation and Kroc Institute Mediation Program Director

Offenheiser Afghan Project

Ray Offenheiser, William J. Pulte Director, Pulte Institute for Global Development; Professor of the Practice

Schirch Afghan Project

Lisa Schirch, Richard G. Starmann, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute