Farkhondeh Akbari

Farkhondeh Akbari's research focuses on non-state armed actors as actors of diplomacy and peace settlement challenges. Farkhondeh completed her PhD at the Coral Bell School of the Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University on diplomatic actors and peace settlements with the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. She 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 worked 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 using her research to advocate for human rights in Afghanistan – especially women's rights and the rights of vulnerable groups such as the Hazaras.