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Mariam Safi is one of the few female researchers and experts from Afghanistan who has contributed widely in the field of rule of law, human security, and peace processes from a grassroots and gender perspective. Her research on topics like the Role of Afghan Women in Peace Process {PEAD}, Transitional Justice in Afghanistan: Should Not Repeat Old Issues {AJO}, Peoples Perspective on Human Security: Afghanistan {GPPAC}, has got her much national and international acclaim.

Her unique outlook has widely been appreciated by organizations like the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS), NATO, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), Peace Education and Development Foundation (PEAD), School of Advanced International and Area Studies at the East China Normal University Center, and the Consortium of South Asian Think-Tanks (COSATT). She has regularly contributed to their understanding of the region and has participated in several working groups and conferences.

Mariam’s two ground breaking research under the ageist of Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies, included an assessment of the 'Formal and Informal Justice Relations in Afghanistan: a six province, 18 district, and 36 villages assessment’ funded by USAID’s Rule of Law Program, and a 'Four Provincial Assessment of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program' in Kandahar, Badghis, Baghlan and Pakita’ funded by the Afghan High Peace Council. These assessments were the first of their kind and provided the academic and policy community with much needed baseline data that which waslargely missing in Afghanistan.

Mariam was the Deputy Director of the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (2010-2012) based in Kabul, and was the co-founder of the Afghanistan Justice Organization’s Strategic Studies Program (2013-2014) and is the founding director of Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (2013-present).She has a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Peace Studies from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace.

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Mariam Safi
Founding Director, Organisation for Policy Research and Development Studies

Af-Pak: A Fresh StartIPCS Commentary, No. 4744, 18 November 2014

Can Afghanistan Become a "Perfect Place?"IPCS Commentary, No. 4611, 18 August 2014

Afghanistan: Political Crises After the Presidential Run-offIPCS Commentary, No. 4516, 16 June 2014

Talibanís Spring Offensive: Are the ANSF Prepared?IPCS Commentary, No. 4448, 19 May 2014

Presidential Elections 2014: Afghan-Owned, Afghan-LedIPCS Commentary, No. 4396, 21 April 2014

Afghan Elections 2014: What to Expect?IPCS Commentary, No. 4342, 17 March 2014

Afghanistan, US and the Peace Process: A Deal with the Taliban in 2014?IPCS Commentary, No. 4275, 28 January 2014

Bonn II: From Transition to Transformation in AfghanistanIPCS Commentary, No. 3528, 22 December 2011

NATO Breakdown in AfghanistanIPCS Commentary, No. 2426, 27 November 2007

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