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Mr. Ahmad Wais Wardak
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Department of Humanities
Government Section
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 701-6466
Ahmad Wais Wardak
Lecturer, American Government and Comparative Politics
Department of Humanities, Government Section
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Ahmad Wais Wardak joined the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the fall of 2017, teaching courses on American government and comparative politics. Prior to this, he was teaching comparative politics, international relations and public administration courses at the University of Connecticut. He is completing his dissertation on Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Rule of Law in Afghanistan that investigates the post-Taliban state-building efforts. Besides academic engagements, Mr. Wardak has over 18 years of international development experience working for some of the highly-regarded USAID, DfID and United Nations’ projects.  

  • Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Political Science, University of Connecticut
  • M.A., International Studies (Fulbright), University of Connecticut
  • Diploma, Project Management, University of Connecticut
  • B.B.A., Business Administration, Preston University

Courses Taught:
  • American Government
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Administration

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Wardak, Ahmad Wais. (2014). (eds), “Introduction to the Law of Afghanistan,” Compilation of the RLS-I legal training materials and collection of essays by University professors that provide an introduction to the Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Inheritance Law, Property Rights and Property Deeds in Afghanistan and is utilized in USAID’s RLS-I Legal Awareness Workshops. Pashto language.

Journal Articles:
  • “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 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. No. 3, pp. 13-38 (Fall 2006)

Other (Op-Ed) Articles:
  • “Is the U.S. Moving Towards Communism?”, an analysis of philosophical debates (liberalism, communism and social democracy) behind the Bernie Sanders campaign messages during the 2016 Primary Elections in the United States, January 24, 2016. Published online at: and adopted by:
  • “Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States and the Question of Sovereignty for Afghanistan,” British Broadcast Cooperation—BBC Pashto Service, Nov. 24, 2013. Also available at:
  • Have written numerous project reports, assessments and in-depth research papers for USAID’s RLS-I and PROMOTE projects, 2011-2015. Some of these reports are publicly available and some are classified.
  • Have written tens of news-worthy and op-ed articles for various outlets in Pashto and English languages

Media Appearance and 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
  • Served 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

  • Fulbright Scholarship to the United States; 2004-07
  • Recipient of a 2009 Summer Research Grant, awarded by the Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut in acknowledgment of steady progression and commitment made by Graduate Students

Professional Memberships:
  • International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Fulbright Alumni, Connecticut Chapter
  • Board of Trustee’s, Sharq University, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Peace History Society (PHS), a professional organization that promotes scholarly research on peace, non-violence and social justice. Membership since 2015
  • Co-founder and President of the Gorbat Cultural Organization, 1999-2005
    • Gorbat was initially founded in Pakistan to protect the rights of Afghan youths living in exile in Peshawar. After the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, Gorbat moved to Afghanistan and remained active within the country
  • Youth Employment Summit (YES), Afghanistan Network, 2002-2005
    • YES is a global network aimed at connecting youths across the world to be active parts of a global community working towards a shared goal of international peace and development