M. Ashraf Haidari

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Mr. M. Ashraf Haidari is the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. From 2012-2015, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission (Minister Counselor) of the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi, India. From June 2011 to July 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant National Security Advisor of Afghanistan. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Haidari served the Embassy of Afghanistan in the United States in various capacities including: Chargé d?Affaires, Deputy Chief of Mission, Political Counselor, and Acting Defense Attaché. He is also an author and TV & radio commentator on Afghanistan and regional affairs.Mr. Haidari is avisiting Research Fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Diplomatist Magazine in New Delhi. In addition, he is a Blog-Contributor at the Center for Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California. Mr. Haidari is internationally educated in the United States, India, Switzerland, and Afghanistan. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy Studies Program of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) School of International Studies, and holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Concentration: International Security & Development) from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington-DC; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Wabash College in Indiana. During 2002-2003, Mr. Haidari was a Fellow in Foreign Service at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and holds advanced certificates in International Affairs and Refugee & Humanitarian Emergencies from the University.Mr. Haidari is the recipient of many public and academic awards. He speaks English, Farsi, and French. He was born and grew up in Afghanistan, and shares a personal story that resonates with millions of other ordinary Afghans touched by decades of conflict. He experienced these hardships firsthand both under the Soviet occupation in 1980s and the Taliban rule in 1990s. Mr. Haidari is married and has one son.Presently He is a Visiting Fellow at ORF.E-mail ID: ashraf.haidari@orfonline.org