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Attack on Universities and Educational Institutions in Afghanistan - Text of Statement by Scholars Expressing Solidarity (Nov 11, 2020)

20 November 2020

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via: Afghanistan Center at Kabul University. 11 Nov 2020

We, the undersigned international community of scholars, express our condemnation of the recent attacks targeting students and faculty in Afghanistan. These brutal attacks are part of a series of violent assaults against the innocent civilians of Afghanistan who are the primary victims of a protracted war.

On Monday November 2, three militants stormed inside Kabul University and fired indiscriminately at students and faculty. The attack lasted 6 hours, killing at least 35 people and wounding 50 more. Kabul University is Afghanistan’s preeminent academic institution, the oldest and largest campus in the country with over 25,000 students. This was the second attack inside an educational institution in just over one week in Kabul. On October 24, a suicide bomber attacked Kawsar-e Danesh, a tutoring center in a predominantly Hazara neighborhood, killing 43 and injuring 57. These two recent attacks represent a direct threat by extremist groups to a generation of students and scholars who are striving for a better future for their country.

As international scholars, we are outraged by the attacks on universities and educational institutions in Afghanistan. We stand in solidarity with the families of the victims and all Afghans who risk their lives to pursue their education in conditions of war, violence and insecurity. Students and educators must be ensured safety and security while attending school, without any threat or fear for their lives and to be able to work, study, and learn in a protected and safe environment.

We condemn:

Any form of harm to students and faculty by all actors engaged in the war in Afghanistan.

We demand that the Afghan government, the United States, the European Union, regional countries, international organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, leverage their influence to:

1. Investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of these indiscriminate and calculated attacks on civilian populations and protected sites, such as universities and educational centres.

2. Safeguard the rights of students and educators and create concrete measures to protect and reduce the risk of any attacks on all educational institutions in Afghanistan.

3. Hold all actors engaged in the war in Afghanistan accountable and pressure them to comply with the Geneva Convention and respect civilian lives during war.

4. Investigate all sources of support for violent extremism in Afghanistan and ensure their cessation.

5. Rally international concern against threats to civilian life, such as working with media organizations to publicly acknowledge and condemn violent actions that endanger the safety and security of the Afghan people.

6. Work with all stakeholders, such as non-governmental and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, to ensure the continuity of safe education without fear of violence or attack.

7. Include the right to education and physical safety for students and educators as an urgent measure in the ongoing peace talks in Doha, Qatar.

Signatories (326):

Munazza Ebtikar, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Hakeem Naim, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Mejgan Massoumi, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Dr. Ali Karimi, Independent Scholar, Montreal, Canada

Ali Abdi, PhD Candidate, Yale University, USA

Kambaiz Rafi, PhD Candidate, University College London, UK

Kaweh Kerami, PhD Candidate, SOAS University of London and Adjunct Lecturer, American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan

Ahmad Azizy, PhD Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Mohammed Alam Begi, Undergraduate, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Mojtaba Salem, Postdoctoral Scientist, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Maarya Rabbani, Postgraduate Student, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK

Elham Gharji, PhD Candidate, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Shuhiba Mohammad, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Annika Schmeding, Postdoctoral Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University, USA

Azadah Raz Mohammad, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne, Australia
Marya Hannun, PhD Candidate, Georgetown University, USA

Dr. Jawan Shir Rasikh, Historian and Independent Scholar, Afghanistan-Canada

Florence Shahabi, PhD Candidate SOAS University of London, UK

Prateek Joshi, DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Hameed Hakimi, Research Associate at Chatham House (UK) and PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Weeda Mehran, Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK

Dr. Omar Sharifi, Assistant Professor, American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan

Nadeem Nuristani, Instructor of Public Administration, American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan

Dr. Victoria Fontan, VPAA and Peace Professor, American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan

Dr. Ashley Jackson, co-director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups, ODI, UK

Lucile Martin, PhD Candidate, Ghent University, Belgium

Étienne von Bertrab, Lecturer (Teaching), University College London, UK

Dr. Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University, USA

Dr. Mohammad Reyaz, Assistant Professor, Aliah University, India

Dr. Omar Sadr, Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan

Fanny Froehlich, PhD Candidate, University College London, UK

Dr. Chloé Girardi, Archaeologist, France

Daryoush Ashouri, Writer and Researcher, France

Dr. Raktim Ray, Lecturer, University College London, UK

Alia Aghajanian, Researcher, Institute of Development Studies, UK

Dr. Kieran Mitton, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London, UK

Dr. Saeed Parto, Director of Research, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization, Afghanistan

Eliza Urwin, PhD Candidate, the Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Nilofar Sakhi, Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University, USA

Dr. Ignacia Ossul-Vermehren, Research Fellow, University College London, UK

Farkhondeh Akbari, PhD Candidate, The Australian National University, Australia

Dr. Zeynep Tuba Sungur, Independent Scholar, Turkey

Rabia Latif Khan, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London, UK

Bette Dam, PhD candidate, Vrij Universiteit Brussels, Teacher at Sciences Po, Paris, France

Mats Berdal, Professor of Security and Development, King’s College London, UK

Barnett R. Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, USA

Tricia Bacon, Associate Professor, American University, Washington, DC, USA

Arif Sahar, Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University and PhD Candidate, University College London, UK

Prakhar Sharma, PhD Candidate, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA

Haim Yacobi, Professor of Development Planning, University College London, UK

Hanadi Samhan, Urban practitioner and PhD Candidate, University College London, UK

Zalmai Nishat, Senior Researcher, Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), Afghanistan

Hannah Sender, Research Fellow, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK

Marika Theros, Policy Fellow, LSE (UK) and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, USA

Dr. Liza Schuster, Sociologist, City, University of London, UK

Shable Jamaludin, PhD Candidate, EHESS, Paris and Assistant Professor, Kabul University, Afghanistan

Alessio Kolioulis, Teaching Fellow, University College London, UK

Shahid Zadran, MPhil, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Iavor Rangelov, Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Pierre Péfau, PhD Candidate, University of Toulouse, France

Alessandro Monsutti, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Ping-hsiu Alice Lin, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tobias Marschall, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva – Switzerland

Thomas Loy, Research Fellow, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institute of Iranian Studies, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Orzala Nemat, Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan

Dr. Patricia Gossman, Associate Asia Director, Human Rights Watch, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Marilou Nordez, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Toulouse

Julie Billaud, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. David Mansfield, Independent Researcher, UK

Professor Karl Blanchet, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, University of Geneva, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Julio D Davila, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK

Professor Beatrice F. Manz, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

Jonah Rudlin, Research Assistant at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, UK

Robert Crews, Professor of History, Stanford University, USA

Beatrice Barco, Research Student, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Dr. Morwari Zafar, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, USA

Dr. Niamatullah Ibrahimi, Lecturer, La Trobe University, Australia

Abbas Farasoo, PhD Candidate, Deakin University, Australia

Gabrielle van den Berg, Professor of Cultural History of Iran and Central Asia, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Sarah Craggs, Research Fellow, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, USA

Jason Lyall, James Wright Chair of Transnational Studies, Dartmouth College, USA

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, Director, Center for Governance and Markets, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Farshin Kazeminia, PhD in Molecular Biology, Senior Researcher, Sorbonne University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris-6, France

Deedee Derksen, writer and researcher, Belgium

Marlene Laruelle, Director, Central Asia Program, IERES, The George Washington University, USA

Benjamin Korman, PhD Candidate, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Antonio Giustozzi, Visiting Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), UK

Naysan Adlparvar, Lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, USA

Nile Green, Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History, UCLA, USA

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Professor, James Madison University, USA

S. Maisam Wahidi, PhD Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), Hamburg University, Germany

Dr. Abby Stoddard, Partner, Humanitarian Outcomes

Baki Tezcan, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, USA

Dr. Chihab El Khachab, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge

Daniella Farah, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Duygu Yildirim, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Jisha Menon, Associate Professor, Stanford University, USA

Marjan Wardaki, Lecturer, California State University, USA

C. Ryan Perkins, South Asian and Islamic Studies Librarian, Stanford University, USA

Farah Bazzi, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Catherine Baylin Duryea, Assistant Professor, St. John’s University School of Law, USA

Daniel J. Sheffield, Assistant Professor, Princeton University, USA

Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor, University of Arizona, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Sabauon Nasseri, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Ali Anooshahr, Professor of History, University of California, Davis, USA
Rebecca Gruskin, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Maşallah Nar, PhD Candidate, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversite, Turkey

Maiwand Nangyal, MPhil Postgraduate Student, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, UK

Colin Marx, Associate Professor, University College London, UK

Fethi Kurtiy Şahin, PhD Candidate, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Jane Darby Menton, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, UK

Rohullah Amin, Research Fellow and Lecturer, University of Bundeswehr, Germany

Wazhmah Osman, Assistant Professor, Temple University, USA

Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor, Stanford University, USA

Aria Fani, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, USA

Dr. Maria Besiou, Dean of Research & Professor, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Astri Suhrke, Senior Researcher emerita, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway

Anna Schultz, Associate Professor, University of Chicago, USA

Sarper Atakul, PhD Candidate, University of Ankara, Turkey

Inderpal Grewal, Professor Emeritus, Yale University, USA

William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, The Australian National University, Australia

Ali İğmen, Professor of History, California State University, USA

Neepa Majumdar, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. Srinjoy Bose, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Australia

Tanvir Ahmed, PhD Candidate, Brown University, USA

Aslishah Qurbani, Postdoc, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, UK

Carolina-Maria Mendoza, PhD Candidate, Brown University, USA

Ayşe Hilal Kaymak, PhD Candidate, İstanbul University, Turkey

Suad Joseph, Distinguished Research Professor, University of California, Davis, USA

Mohammad Qadam Shah, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Global Development, Seattle Pacific University, USA

Madihah Akhter, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow of History, Stanford University, USA

Darshana Mini, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Mohammad Daud Hamidi, PhD Researcher, Durham University, UK

Suhaila Meera, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Dean Chahim, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Waleed Ziad, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Dr. Ali Jarrahi Fellow in Persian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Arif Saba, PhD Candidate, Deakin University, Australia

Safiullah Taye, PhD Candidate, Deakin University, Australia

Yaseen Ayobi, PhD Candidate, Deakin University, Australia

Dara Conduit, Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Helena Zeweri, Assistant Professor-Global Studies, University of Virginia, USA

Dr. Timor Sharan, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration, Afghanistan

Dharitri Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, Western Washington University, USA

Jawed Nader, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales, Australia

Ümit Seven, PhD Student, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr. Fatima Mojaddedi, Assistant Professor, UC Davis, USA

Ezgi Özten, PhD Candidate, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr. Susanne Schmeidl, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Dr. Huma Saeed, Affiliated Researcher, University of Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Nematullah Bizhan, Lecturer, Australian National University, Australia

Dr. Willem Vogelsang, Department Director International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands

Dr. Nishank Motwani, Deputy Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan

Dr. Kevin L. Schwartz, Researcher, Oriental Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Dr. Wendy M. K. Shaw, Professor of Art History and Islamic Cultures, Free University, Berlin

William Sherman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Charlotte, USA

Fuchsia Hart, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Rodrigo Mena, Researcher, ISS of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. Paul Wordsworth, Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK

Yusuf Ikbal Oldac, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Felicity Gerry QC, Professor of Legal Practice, Deakin University, Australia

Lucia Cirianni Salazar, PhD Candidate, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Amir Imani, PhD Candidate, Marmara University, Turkey

Aziz Aksu, PhD Candidate, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Dr. Marissa Quie, Fellow and Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK

Mahbubeh Moqadam, PhD Student, Syracuse University, USA

Dr. Charles Lindholm, Professor Emeritus Department of Anthropology, Boston University, USA

Dr. Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Cornell University, USA

Mohsen Jalali, PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Dr. Hatem Bazian, Professor, University of California, Berkeley and Zaytuna College, USA

Gabriela Seith, PhD Candidate, Free University, Germany

Hasibe Tuna, PhD Candidate, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Johann Neem, Professor of History, Western Washington University, USA

Julia Rieg, PhD Candidate, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg

Parwana Fayyaz, Junior Research Fellow, Peterhouse, Cambridge University, UK

Buket Demirbüken, Instructor, Marmara University, Turkey

Suvir Kaul, A M Rosenthal Professor, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Anirban Baishya, Assistant Professor, Fordham University, USA

Amit Baishya, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, USA

Noah Coburn, Professor of Anthropology, Bennington College, USA

Wali Ahmadi, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Dr. Hamid Algar, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Dr. Zohra Saed, Assistant Professor of Literature, Bard Early College Queens, USA

Edmund Herzig, Masoumeh and Fereydoon Professor of Persian Studies, University of Oxford, UK

Adam Pain, Visiting Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden

Dr. Melissa Kerr Chiovenda, Assistant Professor, Zayed University, UAE

Malaiz Daud, PhD Fellow, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Shahla Haeri, Associate Professor, Boston University, USA

Dr. Saber Azam, Author and former UN Representative, Switzerland

Sumit Ganguly, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Dr. Yaqub Ibrahimi, Lecturer, Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, Founder and Director of Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Afghanistan

Antonio Donini, Researcher, Graduate Institute Geneva and co-founder of United Against Inhumanity, Switzerland

Norah Niland, Executive Committee Member, United Against Inhumanity, Geneva Switzerland

Justine Landau, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor of Global Policy, University of Minnesota, USA

Domenico Ingenito, Director of the Program on Central Asia, UCLA, USA

Rawya Khodor, PhD Candidate, University College London, UK

Dr. Frances Brown, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Ali Banuazizi, Professor of Political Science, Boston College, USA

Alexandre Papas, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Scientific Research, France

Joe Soss, Cowles Professor for the Study of Public Service, University of Minnesota, USA

Dr. Khadija Abbasi, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Stephen Biddle, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA

Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Viola Allegranzi, Postdoc researcher, The Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Christina Ewig, Professor, University of Minnesota, USA

Romain Malejacq, Assistant Professor, Radboud University, Netherlands

Dr. Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA

Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Naval War College, USA

Dr. Marissa Quie, Director of Studies in HSPS, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Mehdi Khorrami, Professor Emeritus, New York University, USA

Dr. C. Christine Fair Professor Security Studies Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, USA

Helen M Kinsella, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA

Sarah E. Parkinson, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Dr. William Reno, Professor, Northwestern University, USA

Mariajosé Nieto-Combariza, PhD Candidate, University College London, UK
Dr. Roxani Krystalli, Lecturer, University of St Andrews, UK

Dr. Joshua M. Roose, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia
David Roxburgh, Professor, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Phil Connors, Associate Professor Humanitarian Studies, Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Halim Rane, Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia

Dr. Stephanie Schwartz, Assistant Professor, University of California, USA

Dr. Severine Autesserre, Professor, Barnard College – Columbia University, USA

Abdullah Fahimi, PhD Candidate, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University, USA

Dr. Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University, USA

Houchang Chehabi, Professor, Boston University, USA

Professor Ali Asani, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Eileen Babbitt, Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA

Maziar Behrooz, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University, USA

Tahmina Shayan, Instructor, Capilano University, Canada

Professor Anibal Gonzalez, Yale University, USA

Farideh Farhi, Affiliate Graduate Faculty, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Afshin Marashi, Farzaneh Professor of Modern Iranian History, University of Oklahoma, USA

Haideh Hashemi Nouri, Faculty Member at Capilano University, British Columbia, Canada

Claudio García Ehreneld, Researcher at the Centre of Classical Studies in the Institute of Philological Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr. Laurie Kocher, Capilano University, Canada

Syed Ammad Ali Shah, Research Assistant, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Marta Simidchieva, Department of Humanities, York University, Toronto, USA

Professor Azadeh Kian, University of Paris, France

Cemal Kafadar, Professor of History, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Roxani Krystalli, Lecturer, University of St Andrews, UK

Christof Kurz, PhD, Independent Researcher/Consultant, Berlin, Germany

Andreas Björklund, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Kimberly Howe, Assistant Research Professor, Tufts University USA

Dr. Suhailah Akbari, Associate Professor of Law, Takhar University, Afghanistan

Sheri Berman, Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA

Erica S. Simmons, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

Naqib Rahmani, Master of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Younes Saramifar, Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Julia Black, Faculty, Capilano University, Canada

Anubha Anushree, PhD Candidate, Stanford University, USA

Adrienne Argent, Faculty, Capilano University, Canada

Rachel Yu, Faculty, Capilano University, Canada

Dr. Mehrdad Amanat, Independent Scholar, Los Angeles, California, USA

Marta Simidchieva, Department of Humanities, York University, Toronto

Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College, USA

Dr. Josh Cerretti, Associate Professor, Western Washington University, USA

Dr. Scott Levi, Professor of History, Ohio State University, USA

Robert Nichols, Professor, Stockton University, USA

Jane Mikkelson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia, USA

Monica M. Ringer, Professor of History and Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College, USA

Atifa Rawan, Library Faculty Emeritus, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Richard K. Wolf, Professor, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Annabella Cant, Capilano University, Canada

Dr. Monique Cormier, Lecturer, University of New England, Australia

Noorin Nazari, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa, Canada

Camron Michael Amin, Professor of History, University of Michigan – Dearborn, USA

Dr. A.G. Ravan Farhadi, Professor Emeritus and Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations

Dr. Farid Younos, Former Professor of Cultural Anthropology, California State University East Bay (CSUEB), USA

Dr. Stephanie Rehbock, Postdoctoral Scientist, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Naimat Ullah Khan, Assistant Professor, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Sıla Uluçay, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Ali A Olomi, Assistant Professor of History, Penn State Abington, USA

Dr. Haroun Rahimi, Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Afghanistan and the Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Afghanistan-UK

Dr. Torunn Wimpelmann, Chr Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway

Dr. M. Nazif M. Shahrani, Professor of Anthropology, Central Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Marvin G. Weinbaum, Professor Emeritus, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Elaine Beltran-Sellitti, MA in Education, Capilano University, Canada

Christopher Dole, Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College, USA

Dr. Jana Krause, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Norway

May Schinasi, Author and Researcher, Independent Scholar, France

Sheida Dayani, Preceptor in Persian, Harvard University, USA

Clark B. Lombardi, Dan Fenno Henderson Professor of Law, University of Washington, USA

Dr. Ulf Steinberg, Postdoctoral Researcher, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Shamshad Pasarlay, Independent Scholar, USA

Nayereh Tohidi, Professor, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, California State University, Northridge, USA

Caroline B Pacheco, PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, USA

Navid Gorgin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Philosophy, Beheshti University of Tehran, Iran

Virginie Greene, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (French), Harvard University, USA

John Quigley, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University, USA

Sneha Krishnan, Associate Professor in Human Geography Tutorial Fellow in Geography at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, UK

Amin Saikal, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Margaret A Mills, Professor Emerita, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University, USA

Professor James M. Gustafson, Associate Professor of History, Indiana State University, USA

Julia Rieg, PhD Candidate, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız, Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Germany

Najibullah Sadid, PhD Candidate, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Asfandyar Mir, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, USA

Professor Dr. Ali Wardak, University of South Wales, UK

Dr. Homaira Rahimi, Training & International Relations Officer, International Civil Defence Organization, Switzerland

Moheb Mudessir, PhD Candidate, University of Sussex, UK

Dr. Reza Hoshmand, Professor of Economics and Senior Advisor to the Global Institute of Service Leadership, China

Dr. Huma Baqai, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Kamran Mumtaz, Assistant Professor, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan

Johanna Söderström, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden

Sabiha Mehreen, Senior Research Associate, IBA Karachi, Pakistan

Umme Kulsoom Rizvi, Lecturer, Federal Urdu University, Karachi, Pakistan
Dr. Abdullah Z. Sheikh, IBA Karachi, Pakistan

Sajjad Ahmad, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Amber Gul Rashid, Faculty Member, IBA Karachi, Pakistan

Sumayyah Khurshid Khan, Lecturer, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan

Hisham bin Zubair Syed, Assistant Professor, IBA-Karachi, Pakistan

Rajid Ali Khan, PhD Candidate, IBA Karachi, Pakistan

Belgheis Jafari Alavi, Institut des Langues et Civilisations orientales, France
Dr. Zaheeruddin Asif, IBA, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Ilfan Oh, Assistant Professor, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Matthew Thomas Miller, Assistant Professor, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Dr. Rateb Karimi Hamburg Germany Chief Executive Officer/Chairman Hamburger Immobilien Ent. Kontor & Advisor priv. University of Economic Hamburg

Dr. Joel Cabrita, Assistant Professor of History, Stanford, USA

Muna Khan, Lecturer, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Pakistan
Dr. Nausheen H Anwar, Professor IBA, Pakistan

Dr. Intikhab Ulfat, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Kate Clark, Co-director of Afghan Analysts Network (AAN), Afghanistan
Vira Ameli, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK

Martin Gerner, Fellow at the Institute for Media and Communication Policy, Private Lecturer, Cologne/Germany