Farkhondeh (Faroo) Akbari


Bachelor of International Relations | Master of International Relations (The University of Melbourne)| Advanced Master of Diplomacy (ANU)

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Farkhondeh Akbari

I have worked at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, monitoring and investigating violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan. I have also interned at the Department of Political Affairs (Asia and the Pacific) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the 69th session of the General Assembly.

My research topic is to explore what factors contribute to an aspirant to participation in diplomacy being considered as an effective actor for the purpose of diplomatic engagement. The research will address a gap in the international diplomatic studies literature by drawing on the notion of actors from wider literature to define, characterise and categorise diplomatic actors, in particular non-state actors, in meaningful negotiations. The outcome of my research intends to build a framework that can be used by diplomatic practitioners to identify effective actors in diplomacy. The research will draw its empirical data from the 1991 Paris Agreement in relation to the Cambodian conflict and the difficulties of negotiating a meaningful peace settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Thesis topic

Actors in Diplomacy: Peace Settlement Negotiations with Taliban in Afghanistan and Khmer Rouge in Cambodia


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