Farkhondeh Akbari

Farkhondeh Akbari's research focuses on diplomatic actors and peace settlement negotiations with non-state armed groups. Farkhondeh completed her PhD in diplomatic studies at the Coral Bell School of the Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Her thesis examined the required characteristics for non-state armed actors to engage meaningfully in diplomacy for the purpose of peace settlements, and looked at the cases of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Farkhondeh obtained a Bachelor's in International Relations from La Trobe University, a Master's in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, and an Advanced Master's in Diplomacy from the Australian National University.

Farkhondeh has work experience at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Afghanistan's Independent Directorate of Local Governance in Kabul. Farkhondeh is also an activist, using her research to advocate for human rights – especially the rights of women and girls, and minority groups in Afghanistan.