Ahmad Wais Wardak


Political Science

Research Interests

My current research is focused on the relationship between Transitional Justice mechanisms and post-conflict state-building process. By engaging literature from law, political science and anthropology, I primarily investigate the linkages between formal and informal justice mechanisms and the extent to which traditional institutions, which in most cases embody reconciliatory elements, could contribute to (or impede) the effectiveness of the formal state institutions.


  • “Surveying History at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,” The Journal of Eurasian Law (JEL), V 4/No.1, 1-39, 2011, (co-authored with Andrew Corin and Richard A. Wilson).
  • “The Application of Islam for Political Purposes in Afghanistan,” Journal of Regional Studies, and reprinted in the Afghanistan Times, Kabul, Afghanistan (July 17, 2007).
  • “The Afghan Conflict: Foreign Intervention and Ideological Competition,” Journal of Regional Studies. 3, pp. 13-38 (Fall 2006).
  • Including numerous journalistic articles and commentaries on current affairs in Pashto, Dari and English languages. For instance:


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2018

MA, International Studies, University of Connecticut, 2007

Diploma, Project Management, University of Connecticut, 2004

BBA, Preston University, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002

Media Appearance & Invited Talks

  • Guest Lecturer for the Law Faculty at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Presented “Legal Pluralism and the Traditional Justice System in Afghanistan,” on November 07, 2013, Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Serve as a Political Analyst and Commentator for the Voice of America (Ashna TV and Ashna Radio), Ariana TV—International and the Radio Television of Afghanistan. Examples include, but not limited to:
    • Live interview by Ariana TV, on many occasion between 2012-2014
    • Live interview by the Voice of America, Ashna TV, in Washington, DC, analyzed: “Democracy in Afghanistan,” January 2, 2009.
    • Live interview by the Voice of America, Ashna TV, in Washington, DC, discussed: “The Importance of Cultural Exchange Programs on the Relationship between Afghanistan and the United States,” April 26, 2007.
    • Live interviewed by the University of Connecticut’s Radio, discussed: “The Post-Taliban Development in Afghanistan,” March 22, 2007.
  • Featured speaker for the “Regional Studies Center of Afghanistan” at a one-day seminar organized by the Academy of Science in Kabul. Presented “The Afghan Conflict: Foreign Intervention and Ideological Competition,” for a local scholarly and policy audience. August 2006, Kabul, Afghanistan.
    • Held a press conference and was exclusively interviewed by the National TV of Afghanistan (RTA) in Kabul, after a scholarly presentation on the “Regional Intervention in Afghanistan”, August 3, 2006.
  • Delivered a presentation on Afghanistan to 600 students at the Mansfield Middle School, which received prominent coverage in the local media, such as the “Chronicle” newspaper in Connecticut, January 27, 2006.
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