Ahmad K. Majidyar studies political and security affairs in South Asia and the Middle East, with a special focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. He also travels frequently to military bases across the United States to instruct senior U.S. Army and Marine officers about culture, religion, and domestic politics in Afghanistan, and about terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before joining AEI in 2008, Mr. Majidyar worked as a media analyst with BBC Monitoring in Kabul, and served as an aid worker with the United Nations agency for refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is fluent in Dari (Persian), Pashto, and Urdu.
Cultural Trainer, British Army, 2006-2007
Media Analyst, BBC Monitoring, Kabul, 2003-2005
Program Manager, Health and Development Center for Afghan Women, Kabul, 2003-2005
Aid Worker, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Pakistan, 2002-2003
Manager, English Language Institute, Pakistan, 2000-2002
Presidential Fellow, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 2007-2008 M.A., journalism studies, University of Westminster, London, 2005-2006
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has suffered serious setbacks recently. The Taliban’s audacious September 14 attack on a major coalition base in Helmand Province suggested that the security gains in the south remain fragile and reversible, and that the insurgents are trying to make a comeback as foreign troops are withdrawing.