Rina Amiri

Visiting Scholar

Rina Amiri, a native of Afghanistan, brings two decades of experience advising and working with governments, the United Nations and think tanks in various conflict settings in Central and South Asia, West and the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Ms. Amiri, most recently led a research initiative on post conflict governance performance in national unity governments at Princeton University. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Amiri served as a Senior Expert in the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts. Previously, Ms. Amiri served as a senior advisor to the late US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Before that, she directed the Soros Foundation's Afghanistan and Regional Policy Initiative. From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Amiri was a political advisor at the UN in Afghanistan, focused on the implementation of the country’s peace agreement. Prior to that she served as a senior research associate at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Amiri has provided political analysis on a number of outlets including MSNBC, PBS, CNN, and CSPAN and has been published and provided commentary on socio-political issues in Afghanistan and in the region in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Al-Jazeera America and the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Amiri has been recognized as one of 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women’s eNews and 125 Women of Impact by Newsweek. She is a founding organizer and network member of Inclusive Security and a Life Member of the Council of Foreign Relations. 

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