Ahmadzai, Atal

Atal Ahmadzai is a PhD candidate at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark. His PhD dissertation is testing the ‘Water Wars’ thesis. The research is focused on exploring the relationship between water scarcity and armed conflicts. He has firsthand research experience in thematic areas including development, conflicts, water issues, and security in Developing World and Conflict areas. After completing his studies at Kabul University, Ahmadzai started working in the Human Development field with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan. He is the chapters’ co-author of the Afghanistan National Human Development Report, “The Forgotten Front: Water Security and the Crisis in Sanitation." He also researched and published paper on drugs and security. His paper, “In the shadow of the insurgency in Afghanistan: Child bartering, opium debt and the war on drugs” is published in the edited book “Children of the Drug War.” Ahmadzai has a bachelor degree in health sciences, a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), and M.S degree from Rutgers University. He also completed different executive education programs including the US-South Asia Leader Engagement Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Atal Ahmadzai presented his paper on the political and technical challenges of the evaluation function of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 5th International Young Scholar Conference in Cape Town. In the capacity of an adjunct professor, Ahmadzai teaches courses on Human Security, Development, and Research Methods at both Seton Hall, and Rutgers University. He is multilingual with fluency in English, Persian, Urdu, and Pashto; and fairly understand Arabic and Nepali languages

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