Program Director Shukria Dellawar, who was born in Afghanistan, is a peace and security expert, human rights advocate and gender specialist. She has worked in various capacities to maintain focus on peace-building efforts in Afghanistan. She is currently serving as the policy director for the Afghanistan Peace Campaign and the legislative representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). At FCNL, she leads the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG), and lobbies to improve U.S. government policies and civilian capacities to reduce violent conflict, prevent mass atrocities, and enhance peacebuilding mechanisms. Ms. Dellawar has previously served as a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and led the Afghanistan Study Group in 2012. She has led several fact-finding missions to Afghanistan since 2009. She has worked in the defense sector as a political analyst and cultural advisor and testified before Congress as a subject matter expert in several briefings. In addition to her peace and security work, she has advocated for women’s economic and political empowerment. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution. Her master’s thesis analyzes the role of Afghan women in the national peace initiatives and was published by George Mason University in May of 2014. She has authored a chapter on the crucial role of women in Afghanistan’s reconstruction which was published by Routledge press in June 2019. Ms. Dellawar has contributed op-eds to U.S. newspapers covering topics of peace and security. She is fluent in English, Dari, Pashto and Urdu/Hindi.