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.
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  • 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