Afghan Biographies

Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS)

Name Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS)
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Date of birth
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1. Former Directors Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS):
Hekmat Khalil Karzai  (2006 -20141008),

Other Members of CAPS:
Hekmat Karzai Director, Mukhtar Niazi Special Assistant to the Director, Prakhar Sharma Head of Research, Shoaib Harris Research Fellow, Saifullah Ahmadzai Senior Research Analyst, Abdul Halim Achakzai Senior Research Analyst, M. Ajmal Karimi Senior Research Analyst, Sharif Akhtar Associate Research Fellow, Mirza Hussain Fahim Research Analyst, Abdulhadi Hairan Research Analyst, Aminullah Wardak Researcher/Journalist, Elham Gharji Research Analyst, Ajmal Niazi Research Assistant, Khoshal Nayazee Finance/Accounting Officer, Mirwais Mansoor Logistic Officer, Ghulam Hussain Ahamdi IT Officer, Ahmad Wali Security Officer , Abdul Malik

Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies.
Kabul, Afghanistan. Tel: 0093 (0) 752003901
Email: (replace '#' with '@' before sending email)

Advisory Council:


Mr. Barry Desker Flag of
Dean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Mr. Hekmat Karzai Flag of
Founder / Director, Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS)

Dr. Robert Rotberg Flag of
Director, Program on Interstate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

H.E. Surin Pitsuwan Flag of
Former Foreign Minister, Kingdom of Thailand

Dr. Paul Evans Flag of
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors and Co-CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Dr. Gerard Chaliand Flag of
Expert in Irregular warfare and former Director of the European Centre for the Studies of Conflict

Sir David Veness Flag of
United Nations Under-Secretary General for Safety and Security

BG (Ret) Russell D. Howard Flag of
Director, Jebsen Centre for Counter Terrorism Studies, Tufts University, and former Head of the Social Sciences Department at the United States Military Academy, West Point

Dr. Bruce Hoffman Flag of
Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Dr. Rohan GunaratnaFlag of
Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Mr. Keith Fitzgerald Flag of
Director of the Negotiation Conflict Management and Crisis Leadership Team of Sea-Change Partners

Dr. Bob Jackson Flag of
Professor, Redlands University and Cambridge University


Head Office(Kabul) Staff

Hekmat Khalil Karzai

Sameem Yusufzai
Special Assistant to the Director

Halimullah Kousary
Deputy Head of Research

Mrs. Mallory Sutika Sipus
Senior Research Analyst

Hekmatullah Azamy
Research Analyst

Waris Ahmad Faizi
Research Analyst

Ehsanullah Kamal
Research Analyst

Sayed Mujtaba Hashimy
Research Analyst

Sanaullah Safi
Finance Manager

Mohammad Irshad Hayat
Finance Assistant / IT Officer

Mr. Mohammad Basir Haqyar Eshaqzoi
Coordinator for the Legal Department

Mr. Yahya Ibrahimi
Acting Director of Legal Department

Mr. Fareed Ahmad Heawadmal
Defense Attorney

Mr. Noorzad Khan Hanif
Defense Attorney

Mr. Waheed Mayar
Defense Attorney

Mr. Mohammad Shafiq Amin
Defense Attorney

Mr. Mawlawi Allah Dad Balkhi
CAPS Shura Member

Dr. Mansoor Majab
Member of Youth Programme for Peace

Mr. Abdul Razaq Baloch
Member of Youth Programme for Peace

Kandahar Office Staff

Mr. Zaman Agha
Kandahar office Director

Mr. Qudratullah
Admin/Finance Manager

Mr. Shabir Ahmad Qayomi
Defense Attorney

Mr. Atiqullah Nazari
Defense Attorney

Helmand Office Staff

Mr. Asmatullah
Admin/Finance Manager

Mr. Fazal Manan Fazli
Defense Attorney

Mr. Saeed Alam Shinwari
Defense Attorney

Mr. Momen Khan Jabarkhail
Para legal

Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Sherzad
Concord Instructor

Mr. Alif Khan Hamdard
Concord Instructor

Mr. Abdul Ahad Arian
Concord Instructor

Mr. Mohammad Akram Mukhlis
English Instructor

Mr. Sher Khan Omari
English Instructor

Mr. Wali Khan AhmadZai
Computer Instructor

Parwan Office Staff

Mr. M.Ashraf Stanikzay
Head of Parwan Office

Mr. Sarbaz Sabawoon
Defense Attorney

Mr. M.Yasin Hasnzada
Defense Attorney

Mr. Karimullah Karimi
Defense Attorney

Mr. Abdul Wakeel Salek
Defense Attorney

Khost Office Staff

Mr. Badam Gul Rahimi
Head of Khost Office / Defense Attorney

Mr. Matiullah Kamawal
Defense Attorney

Mr. Abdul Naseer
Para Legal / Finance Officer

The Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies, a Kabul-based research and advocacy organisation, will be testifying as an expert witness in favour of Khairkhwa's and other Guantanamo Inmates for release (20110319).
Headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) is an independent research and advocacy centre dedicated to the creation of a sustainable environment that can support peace and stability in Afghanistan. Since 2006, CAPS has been a leader in civic engagement, conducting action-oriented research aimed at influencing policy-makers in key areas such as state building, governance, narcotics, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Though the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies was originally formed as a research institution, today CAPS has become a leader in advocacy and education in addition to its continual research and policy engagement.

Recognizing a deficiency in the availability of legal aid, CAPS established a Legal Department in 2009 in order to provide pro bono defence counsel to a number of detainees. As of 2013, the CAPS Legal Team operates offices in Kabul, Helmand, Kandahar, Parwan and Khost provinces to help ensure all Afghans have access to this critical constitutional right. To date, the CAPS Legal Department has served over 2100 clients across Afghanistan.

In addition, CAPSs commitment to peace advocacy has taken root in the Youth Peace Movement and Empowerment Centre (YPMEC). Located in Lashkar Gah, YPMEC provides supplementary education in Concor, the university entry exam, computer literacy, and English language to over 1900 boys and girls between the ages of 14-24. YPMEC also regularly hosts leadership and conflict mediation seminars to help strengthen capacity of Afghanistans next generation. Now in its second phase, YPMEC has established Leadership Shuras and selected individuals to serve as Ambassadors of Peace in their communities. YPMEC has become a pillar of Helmand society, and continues to give young people in the province the education, skills, and opportunities they need to participate and positively impact their communities.

Last Modified 2014-10-10
Established 2014-10-10