The Winner Takes All? Lessons from the Afghan Elections

Free Public Lecture

The Winner Takes All? Lessons from the Afghan Elections

Terrace Lounge
Walter Boas Building

Booking not required

Further Details

T: (03) 8344 8550

See more events from

Faculty of Arts

Join us for a public panel discussion on the Afghan elections, involving established and internationally known scholars, policy makers and practitioners with comparative expertise on elections, conflict and transition. Each speaker will address different themes and draw out some policy implications.


Professor William Maley, ANU

Dr Susan Schmeidl, UNSW/Tribal Liaison Office, Kabul

Dr Astri Suhrke, Christian Michelson Institute

Niamatullah Ibrahimi, PhD Candidate, ANU

Chair: Professor Jonathan Goodhand, University of Melbourne

Professor William Maley assumed the position of Foundation Director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy on 1 July 2003. He taught for many years in the School of Politics, University College, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Refugee Studies Programme at Oxford University.

He is a Barrister of the High Court of Australia,Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect, and of the International Advisory Board of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University. In 2002, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA).

Dr Astri Suhrke is a political scientist focusing on the social, political and humanitarian consequences of violent conflict, and strategies of response. More recently, Astri has focused on the politics of humanitarian policies in the UN system, concepts of human security and peacebuilding. She is also working on strategies of post-war reconstruction and statebuilding, with particular reference to Afghanistan.

She has led several research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway: The Multilateral Aid system (2001-03); Aid in Post-Conflict Situations (2003-05), and Violence in the Post-Conflict State (2005-08). Astri Suhrke has participated in projects commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various UN agencies (particularly UNHCR), SIDA, DANIDA, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, DFID, the World Bank and UNDP. She is a member of a committee of experts serving the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Dr Susanne Schmeidl is co-founder and senior advisor (research and peacebuilding) to The Liaison Office (TLO) in Afghanistan and a Visiting fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University. She has worked on civilian peacebuilding issues in Afghanistan since 2000. Holding a PhD in sociology, she has combined academic analysis and practical work in non-governmental organizations and the United Nations in the areas of conflict early warning/conflict prevention and forced displacement for the past 20 years.

Niamatullah Ibrahimi is a an Endeavour Award Holder and PhD student at the Australian National University. He has researched and written extensively about history, politics and human rights in Afghanistan. Ibrahimi has worked for a number of prestigious national and international organizations and academic institutions in Afghanistan. In 2009, he co-founded Afghanistan Watch, a research organization focusing on human rights and conflict settlement in Afghanistan.

Between 2005 and 2010, he was a researcher with the Crisis States Research Centre of the London School of Economics. Prior to that, he worked for the International Crisis Group from 2003 to 2005. From January to July 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow, at the Centre for Development Studies of the Free University in Berlin.

All Free Public Lectures