Fara Abbas is a specialist on Afghan affairs with over 10 years of in-country experience on security, peace, and development. She has served in senior government positions, representing Afghanistan in international negotiations and conferences. She served as deputy director for international relations and, subsequently, as director of programs at the Office of National Security Council, where she advanced the government’s foreign and security policies. She’s the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal for her achievements on regional economic integration. She’s a graduate of Stanford University with an M.A. in international policy studies with a focus on international security and cooperation. At the Davis Center, she was a fellow with the Negotiation Task Force.