Director General Dr. Davood Moradian

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Dr. Davood Moradian is the founder and the first director-general of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS).

He earned a doctorate degree from University of St Andrews (Scotland). His doctorate thesis was on the conception of punishment in ancient Greece, Islam and International Justice.



  • International Relations
  • Political Analysis
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Research
  • Management
  • Teaching


  • He has worked with the Afghan government since 2006 in different capacities, including chief of programs at President Karzai’s office and chief policy advisor to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-11).
  • He also taught international relations at the University of St Andrews and the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Articles in English:

The world, including a well-meaning India, fiddles while Kabul burns

June 2,2017

Afghans weigh in on US presidential candidates

November 08, 2016

A deeper friendship

September 06, 2016

 Afghanistan is heading for civil war or worse

September 06, 2016

Afghanistan political crisis: Entitlement vs democracy
August 14, 2016

Ethnic polarisation: Afghanistan’s emerging threat

July 26, 2016

Afghan peace process: Desperation versus strength

February 22, 2016

Iran deal: A possible game-changer for Afghanistan
July 22, 2015

Afghanistan’s shaky foundations
June 22, 2015

New Year, new beginning for Afghan-US relations
March 22, 2015

Afghan democracy and western hypocrisy
February 28, 2015

Afghanistan: Beyond ethnic politics and ‘jihad dividends’
July 7, 2014

“Obama’s Afghan war: Dereliction of duty” Al-Jazeera
June 8, 2014

“Germany: An unsure Power in Conflict”
June 6, 2014

“Afghan Democracy: Myths and Promises” Al-Jazeera
April 13, 2014

Afghanistan’s Complex Women’s Rights Discourse
December 04, 2013

A Perfect Match Struggling to Survive
August 15, 2013

Taliban Guns Send a Message About Obama’s Peace Process
June 26, 2013

Beyond Formality: A Better Way to Negotiate in Afghanistan
April 13, 2013

Why the U.S. Can’t Abandon Afghanistan? Foreign Policy Magazine
January 10, 2013

Afghanistan in Transition: Crafting a Strategy for Enduring Stability

What’s Behind the Inside Attacks on U.S. Forces in Afghanistan? The 2014 Timeline for Withdrawal. Foreign Policy Magazine
October 2, 2012

Reconciliation and Regional Cooperation in Afghanistan’s Coming Security Transition
May 26, 2011

Two End States in Afghanistan: Somalia of Asia or the Turkey of the East
May 08, 2011

Afghan Culture War and Cross Cultural Dialogue
January-March 2012

Democratic State-Building As An Effective & Enduring Conflict Resolution Strategy For Afghanistan
May 28, 2009

Articles in Farsi:

افغانستان به سوی جنگ داخلی یا بدتر از آن روان است

تضاد قومی، تهدید در حال ظهور در افغانستان
روند صلح افغانستان: ناچاری در مقابل زور
یازده سپتامبر و جنگ داخلی دنیای اسلام
توافق با ایران، تغییردهنده احتمالی بازی برای افغانستان
بنیادهای لرزان افغانستان
جنگِ افغانستانِ اوباما، کوتاهی در انجام وظیفه
دموکراسی افغانستان، افسانه یا واقعیت؟
حوزه نوروز؛ بستر هم‌گرایی‌های منطقه‌ای
نوروز، نماد ابرفرهنگ
چرا امریکا افغانستان را رها نمی کند؟
اجلاس شیکاگو؛ آیا افغانستان اراده پرواز دارد؟
نوروز، نماد ابرفرهنگ
روایتی دست اول از پیمان استراتژیک افغانستان و آمریکا
کنفرانس بن و معضل سه بعدی افغانستان
افغانستان؛ استبداد، استقلال و هویت ملی
خاستگاه های ایدیولوژیک و ساختار سازمانی طالبان
موانع صعب العبور- تحکیم استقلال افغانستان و راه حل ها
مصالحه با طالبان؛چرا و چگونه؟
چارچوب بازگرداندن طالبان به زندگی ملکی
حوزه نوروز؛ بستر مشترک همگرایی‌های منطقه‌ای
خاستگاه های ایدیولوژیک و ساختار سازمانی طالبان
افغانستان بی خبر نبوده است؟
ابعاد مختلف حل منازعه افغانستان

Selected Interviews:


What would happen if the United States totally disengaged from Afghanistan?

July 26, 2017

Behind the front lines in the fight to ‘annihilate’ ISIS in Afghanistan

July 23, 2017

حاشیه‌ی خبر : تلاش پاکستان به هدف گسترش روابط با افغانستان

July 2, 2017

After U.S. Talks With Afghanistan, Hints at a Harder Line on Pakistan

APRIL 16, 2017

Afghan government disappoints many, but some cling to hope

April 8, 2017

تحول: گفتگو با داود مرادیان تحلیلگر افغان

Jan 30, 2017

MEHWAR: Rifts Between NUG Leaders Discussed

October 25, 2016

FARAKHABAR: Abdullah’s Remarks On Taliban’s Peace Stance Discussed

Jun 23, 2016

FARAKHABAR: Ghani, Modi Inaugurate Salma Dam

Jun 4, 2016

MEHWAR: U.S’s New Stance On Taliban Discussed

Jun 2, 2016

MEHWAR: HPC’s Work Process Discussed

Mar 30, 2016

زبان فارسی در افغانستان با چالش های بزرگی دست و پنجه نرم می کند

March 11, 2016

DISCUSSION: Afghanistan and Pakistan Relations

March 4, 2016

MEHWAR: 1st Anniversary Of Signing Of BSA

February 8, 2016

BLACK AND WHITE: What Does Pakistan Want From Us?

January 9, 2016

FARAKHABAR: India Stands By Afghanistan All The Way: Modi

December 26, 2015

FARAKHABAR: Afghanistan Should Stop Pakistani Terrorists From Crossing Border

November 17, 2015

بحث هفته: آیا اسلام آباد از روابط نزدیک هند با افغانستان بیمناک است؟

November 13, 2015

یازده سپتامبر و جنگ داخلی دنیای اسلام

September 12, 2015

آماج: افغانستان از نشست‌های ریکا و سام چی بدست آورد؟

September 6, 2015

بحث هفته: نگرانی امریکا از اقدامات ناکافی پاکستان در برابر شبکه حقانی

September 4, 2015

FARAKHABAR: Pakistan Summons Afghan Envoy Twice in One Week

August 25, 2015

Iran, World Powers Reach Historic Nuclear Deal:

July 16, 2015

Islamabad Talks Vital Step Towards Achieving Peace: Delegation

July 10, 2015

برنامه تلویزیونی پاکستانی پیرامون رابطه ۲ جانبه

July 2, 2015

Who are the strategic partners of Afghanistan in the region?

June 4, 2015

آماج: موضوع برنامه: آیا حکومت افغانستان راهبرد تعریف شده جنگی دارد؟

May 19, 2015

Assessment of President Ghani Visit to India

April 30, 2015

آماج: توافق ایران با کشورهای پنج به علاوه یک و تاثیرات آن بر منطقه و افغانستان

April 6, 2015

ویژه برنامه‌ی گفت‌وگوی افغانستان و پاکستان؛ چه چیزهایی در روابط افغانستان و پاکستان تغییر کرده است؟

March 16, 2015

A Review of the Political Developments in Afghanistan After the Formation of the National Unity Government

January 23, 2015

Fourth Symnarpyambrvhdt, heralded mercy held in Herat city

January 15, 2015

افغان ها در ایران: مهاجرت یا تبعیض

January 8, 2015

Afghans Expectation from Gov

November 17, 2014

Distribution of Power Based on Social Justice

September 15, 2014

Discussion on the NATO Summit and Afghanistan’s Future

September 5, 2014

Opposition and Their Position in the Future Political System

August 27, 2014

Kabul Debate: Incentives of Power Struggle in Afghanistan

August 7, 2014

Dr. Moradian’s Interviews on Electoral Talks

May-August, 2014

Dr. Moradian’s Exchange with Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on his Election Agenda

February 3, 2014

Dr. Moradian’s Interview on Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan

January 30, 2014

Dr. Moradian’s Round Table Interview on Election

January 5,  2012

Dr. Moradian Participated in Kabul Debate

July 6, 2013

Dr. Moradian’s Exclusive Interview with TOLO TV

July 3, 2013