Hamid Arsalan

National Endowment for Democracy


Hamid Arsalan is a program officer for the Middle East and North Africa Program at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he oversees Afghanistan and MENA-cross regional programs. Previously, Hamid conducted research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and assisted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Afghanistan. Hamid regularly advises the U.S. government and NATO on improving security assistance provided to non-NATO strategic allies like Afghanistan. He designs and leads training for senior military and civilian professionals before their deployment to combat support missions overseas. He studied at the University of Virginia where he received his BA in Foreign Affairs and MA in Public Policy and Leadership. Hamid is fluent in Dari and Pashto, and proficient in Urdu and classic-Quranic Arabic. (This bio is current to when the participant joined FDD’s National Security Network.)

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