Farhad Arian is a former Deputy Director of the Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Afghan Foreign Service, he worked with a number of non-governmental organisations and international development agencies in Afghanistan. Farhad Arian has recently completed a Master of International Affairs at the Australian National University with a special focus on human rights. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Political Science from Kabul University in Afghanistan. He is an independent consultant on Afghanistan and the Middle Eastern affairs, and regularly writes in the areas of human rights, democratisation, social justice, and post-conflict institution building.