In the NewsMay 29, 2023
Halaimzai & Theros in PeaceRep: Establishing the Afghanistan Research Network
By Atlantic Council
Sahar Halaimzai and Marika Theros recently established The Afghanistan Research Network (ARN) as a first step to preserve, sustain and amplify Afghan expertise and knowledge, and to provide analysis that can inform creative actions in the short-term while helping shape future prospects for a more stable and pluralistic Afghanistan in the long-term. The Afghanistan Research Network aims […]
Event RecapAug 23, 2021
Event recap: “On the frontline: Protecting Afghanistan’s human rights defenders”
By Areeba Atique
On August 5th, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, held a discussion with some of Afghanistan’s leading human rights defenders (HRDs) and experts to explore what lies ahead for the activists who put their lives on the line to fight impunity, militancy, and violence.
SouthAsiaSourceAug 3, 2021
On the frontline: Protecting Afghanistan’s human rights defenders
By Atlantic Council
Despite being on the receiving end of threats, harassment, intimidation, violence, and assassinations, Afghanistan's human rights defenders continue to fight for the rights of Afghans. Join the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center for a discussion with some of Afghanistan’s leading human rights defenders and experts to explore what lies ahead for the activists who put their lives on the line to fight violence, impunity, and militancy.
Marika Theros is a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness and policy fellow at the London School of Economics where she leads their comparative research stream investigating local peace agreements across six key conflict-affected sites, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and South Sudan. She directs the Afghanistan Engagement Project, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which supports new generation leadership and civil society initiatives. Over the last 20 years, she has designed a number of research and dialogue processes in the Balkans, South Asia and the Middle East, and focuses on the intersection between top-down and bottom-up processes. She publishes on security, justice and state-building issues in academic journals, and currently serves on the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network, and the boards of the Humanitarian Law Centre and Women for Peace and Participation. Marika is currently completing her doctorate in International Development at LSE, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Columbia University and an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.