Irfan Yar is the founder and former managing director of the Afghanistan Security Institute. Also, he was a lecturer and member of the Advisory Board at the Global Counter-Terrorism Institute (USA). He holds two master’s degrees—an M.A. in International Relations and Areas Studies (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada). He completed his B.A. Honours in Political Science. His area of interest focuses on Afghanistan, the Taliban, terrorism, and ” radicalism. His latest peer reviewed article is “How the Taliban mobilized popular support to survive the US war in Afghanistan”. He has frequently published many papers and has written columns in many national and international outlets, including The Hill Times, The National Post, The Toronto Sun, The Mint, The Epoch Times, The Diplomat Magazines, and elsewhere. Previously, he worked with the Macdonald Laurier Institute, the Observer Research Foundation, Carnegie India, and the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ottawa. He recently published a book chapter on “Religion and Terrorism in Afghanistan”. Irfan speaks English Pashto, Dari/Persian, Urdu/Hindi, basic German and Arabic. Disclaimer: Irfan’s views and opinions expressed at/from ASI do not reflect the view, policy or position of any other organization that he may be associated with . Email: Irfanyar@afgsecurity.org
Sergeant Major (Retired), USMC
Former Command Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command: Anthony Spadaro is a retired United States Marine Corps senior noncommissioned officer (Sergeant Major) who has a distinguished 35-year military career. During his service, Anthony served at the most senior levels for the Marine Corps and Department of Defense. He culminated his service to our Nation as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest geographic combatant command with 380,000 uniformed (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines), and civilian members along with 36 partner nations. In this role, he provided the commander with the enlisted perspective on theater security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, and deterring aggression throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Though recently retired from the Marine Corps, Anthony’s next chapter has him serving as a consultant and strategist with the following companies/organizations: Vice President, Director of Development & Special Projects, The Robert Irvine Foundation and BeaverFit USA. Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards for: the Asia-Pacific Security Innovation Forum (APSI), Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, FourBlock.org, FitOps, the Youth Impact Program, Our Community Salutes, USA, Roberts-Ryan Investments, Inc and the Afghanistan Security Institute. Furthermore, he is the Vice President for Training, 5th Principle LLC; a leadership coach with the Resilience Building Leader Program and an Adjunct Faculty member with the Marine Corps University. Anthony owns his own consulting firm, Gravitas Leadership Solutions, LLC. He continues to focus his attention on empowering and assisting military members, veterans, and their families.
Dr. Nazir Ahmad Yosufi is a Research Fellow at ASI. His area of research focuses on EU-Afghanistan relations. He completed his Ph.D. degree in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research focused on European Development Assistance in Afghanistan with Special Reference to Germany, 2002-2017”. He also holds an MBA and BBA degrees. Dr. Yusufi has published several books, chapters, and research papers on issues related to Afghanistan. He also serves as the Representative of Afghan Youth to Asia, Youth High Council, Kabul, Afghanistan. He has worked at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi; He speaks Dari, Pashto, Hindi, English and Balochi languages. Some of his recent publications include;