Afghan Peace and Development Research Program

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The Afghan Peace and Development Research Program (APDRP) is a collaborative platform to support  and amplify the voices of Afghan peace and development scholars and practitioners. The program will identify lessons of the past 20 years and their implications for the future, and explore future options for initiating and supporting peace and development efforts in Afghanistan.

The program is hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Pulte Institute for Global Development, both part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Over the next two years, the APDRP will create a platform to support and amplify the voices of Afghan peace scholars and practitioners. The APDRP will generate workshops and conferences, as well as conduct research and publish reports.

The APDRP draws on a rich body of work over the last decade related to supporting Afghan initiatives on peace and development, including: 

Afghan Advisors

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.

Malalai Habibi

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 has also worked at Herat University in Afghanistan on women, peace, and education.

Her publications on Afghanistan in both Farsi and English can be found in DevexPeace DirectEtilaatrozBBC FarsiVOA 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