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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai (Replace '#' with '@' Before sending E-mail)


Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai is the founding Director of the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS). Under his leadership, CAPS has become of the leading research and advocacy centres in Afghanistan.In addition to the main office in Kabul, CAPS has regional branches in Kandahar and Helmand.

Mr. Karzai has been engaged in various national processes with particular emphasis on the peace process and Youth Empowerment. In 2009 he authored a major initiative titled: Trust Building and Paving the Road for Reconciliation. As a result of his effort, Caps now provides pro-bono legal assistance to thousands of security detainees (Taliban and armed opposition) throughout the country.

Mr. Karzai also established the CAPS Strategic Shura, which works on various strategic levels and is informal channel to deal with challenges of the peace process on the ground.

Mr. Karzai is considered an authority on Afghanistan and has been invited to address the European parliament and many think tanks including the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and centre for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC). He has lectured in prestigious institutions of higher learning such as Harvard and Tufts University on security and state building. He currently serves as non- resident Senior Fellow at the East West Institute in Brussels, and Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) at the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, Florida.

< In May of 2002, he was appointed as the Head of the Political Department at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. His duties included overseeing political and congressional affairs, serving as a direct link to the diplomatic and political community to liaise with US Congress and Executive Branch on policies, security, funding and other vital issues pertaining to Afghanistan.

While working on a Masters degree at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, he served as a RMS Fellow at the School's International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, where his primary focus was the South and Central Asia regions. He also conducted research in development, security and conflict resolution. His dissertation on 'Strengthening Security in Contemporary Afghanistan: Coping with the Taliban' was published by the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His study on suicide terrorism in Afghanistan 'How to curve the rising suicide terrorism in Afghanistan' was the first on the subject and was published by the Christian Science Monitor and Straits Times (Singapore).

From 2004 till 2005, he served as an International Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he conducted research on Terrorism, Militant Islam, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Al Qaeda movement.

Mr. Karzai has written extensively on Afghanistan, security (terrorism and insurgency), peace and reconciliation and his articles have been translated into many languages. He has also appeared on BBC World Service TV, CNN, CNN International, AL Jazeera English, among others.

Mr. Karzai was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and in addition to English has native fluency in Pashto and Dari. He is also fluent in Urdu (Hindi)



    * Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of Maryland, USA)
    * Masters of Science in Information Technology (American I. University, USA)
    * Masters of Science in Strategic Studies (Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
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