Mariam Safi is an International Relations advisor and expert on Afghanistan, holding key research interests in state building, security and conflict management. She has been published in numerous books, has written several articles for think tanks around the world, including geopolitical and security related magazines and online publications with peace-building and humanitarian NGOs. [[]] Her former positions include Deputy Director of the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she led several innovative research initiatives examining the role of traditional dispute mechanisms, the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, and an assessment of the status of female legal professionals and women in the judicial sector. Mariam Safi’s research activities enabled her to travel extensively throughout Afghanistan where she interacted with tribal elders, Shura/Jirga members, provincial officials, and women’s groups at the village and district levels. Prior to joining CAPS, Ms. Safi was the Assistant Editor of ‘South Asia Defence & Strategic Review’ based in New Delhi, India. [[]] Mariam attained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University in Toronto, Canada and her Masters in International Peace Studies from the UN Mandated University for Peace. She is currently a PhD scholar at the University of Sussex working on her doctoral studies in International Relations.

Latest from Mariam Safi

Is transitional justice a forgotten issue in Afghanistan?

Is enough being done to address 30 years of war crimes and human rights abuses in Afghanistan? Read more »

10 February 2014

Civil Society in Afghanistan: a decade of progress and challenges

Mariam Safi explores the progress local organisations have made within Afghanistan, and the situation that they find themselves in now. Read more »

20 December 2012

Afghanistan: women struggling for representation in the peace process

Women in Afghanistan are struggling to have their voices heard in the country's peace process. Read more »

17 October 2012

New Silk Road: stabilising Afghanistan post-2014

How the revival of Afghanistan's ancient role as a trade and transport hub for South and Central Asia can contribute to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Read more »

28 May 2012

Afghanistan: prospects for the future

10 years on from the US-led overthrow of the Taliban, what does the future hold for Afghanistan. Read more »

14 December 2011

Afghanistan: the road to peace, one year on

Mariam Safi looks at the progress that has been made one year on from the National Peace Jirga. Read more »

03 June 2011