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Biography of Mr. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister For Political Affairs
Mr. Idrees Zaman was appointed as the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs by H.E. President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani on October 21, 2018. Prior to his current appointment, he was the CEO of Afghanistan’s first and largest peace-building and conflict resolution organization, Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU).
Idrees Zaman is a political expert, researcher and a regional and international affairs commentator with over 20 years of organizational management and research experience.
Over the years, Zaman has integrated new areas to the CPAU’s organization focus, including the establishment of a Media and Peace Journalism Department, and a CVE department in order to help formulate Afghanistan’s National CVE Strategy for the Office of the National Security Council. Zaman was also a co-chair of Afghanistan's CVE Working Group/Resolve Hub. As the CEO of CPAU, his role involved liaison and continuous interaction with international counterparts and drafting concept notes, proposal, negotiations, signing of project agreements and implementing large-scale projects.
An avid reader with knowledge of Afghan history as well as the Indian subcontinent’s history and geostrategic dynamics, Zaman is deeply involved in studies around peace and security in Afghanistan and the region. He is the author of a number of qualitative research studies including studies on drivers of radicalization, insurgency, drivers of violent extremism, drivers of reintegration, and the civ-mil relationship.
Zaman has been an active leader in civil society and a key member of the Afghan Civil Society’s Joint Working Group. He is also a founding member of a consortium of Peace Building and Research Organizations called SALAH. He is fluent in English, Pashto, Dari, and Urdu, with proficiency in Turkish. He is a published writer on Afghan security, peace, and civil society issues.