Farhad Arian is a Research Analyst at the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education in Sydney, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul. He is a former Deputy Director & Human Rights Program Coordinator of the Department of Human Rights & Women’s International Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. He has also worked with numerous non-governmental organisations and international development agencies in Afghanistan. Farhad is currently undertaking a Master of Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, and has recently completed a Master of International Affairs at the Australian National University. As part of his Master’s degree at the University of Sydney, he is working on a research project, focusing on dynamics and root causes of the Afghan conflict, and the role of India and Pakistan in Afghanistan’s stability. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Political Science from Kabul University in Afghanistan. He regularly writes on democratisation, human rights, refugee rights, social justice, conflict resolution, and political stability in Afghanistan. His writings have appeared on Open Democracy, The Diplomatic Courier, Online Opinion, Peace Writes, South Asia Times, and other international outlets.