Ahmad Parwiz Hakim

Ahmad Parwiz Hakim

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Political Analyst for the Swedish Embassy

2009: I am currently working as a Political Analyst for the Swedish Embassy. This position was created in the Embassy in early 2009 because of the European Union Presidency ( Sweden term as the EU presidency just finished two months ago).

As a Political Analyst I am engaged with the following activities:

* Analysis of the political development in Afghanistan with a focus on the elections. (I was very much involved in the 2009 Presidential Elections in Afghanistan. I hosted 11 presidential candidates in separate meetings in the Swedish Embassy during the Swedish Presidency of EU and facilitated round table talks between them and Ambassadors of EU Countries based in Kabul .)

* Provide cultural advices to the Swedish Diplomats.

* Provide cultural advices through the Political Department of the Embassy to the PRTs (Provincial Reconstruction Teams–Swedish Military forces based in the north of Afghanistan) of Sweden in four northern provinces of Afghanistan .

* Represent the Swedish Embassy in the Afghan Parliament Meetings and provide reports.

* Represent the Embassy in the other Political and coordination gatherings and provide reports.

I also designed an exchange program recently between Balkh University located in the Northern Mazar-e-sharif City in Afghanistan and Lund and Örebro Universities in Sweden .  The idea is to establish academic links between the political science and law departments of Balkh University with these universities in Sweden . To start this, I facilitated the visit of a delegation of Balkh University (including chancellor and three lecturers of Balkh University)] to the mentioned universities in Sweden . It was a ten days trip to Sweden, and I also accompanied the delegation in this trip.

2008: After graduating in April, 2008, I returned to my hometown Mazar-i-sharif, where I am working with a USAID project. The project is called Local Governance and Community Development.

The main objective of the program is to help our government, in partnership with  local communities, develop the capacity to identify and address the issues that are driving violence.  This project is assisting the government and local citizens to develop the institutions and practices that will create a stable environment for long-term development.

I am supporting the local governance to provide a better service delivery with the ultimate goal to bridge the gap between the local government and people.

One component of this program that is very much related to what I studied at CJP is called Local Stability Initiatives. It addresses development needs that can cause instability and support insurgency.