Vanni Cappelli
Tom Coghlan
Vanni Cappelli is a freelance journalist from New York who has covered wars in the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, and Central Asia for over a dozen years. He is a co-founder and the current president of the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association.
“Vanni discusses prominent issues each week in a slot entitled Around Afghanistan with Vanni Cappelli.”
Tom Coghlan writes for the Telegraph newspaper (UK).  He was previously the Afghan correspondent for The Independent (UK). He has been reporting in Afghanistan since 2003 and is a widely-respected journalist.
Saleem Shahzad
Saleem Shahzad is the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online (Hong Kong). He is known for his cutting-edge reports on the Pakistani armed forces, Taliban and Al-Qaeda. He has previously also contributed to Le Monde Diplomatique (France), La Stampa (Italy) and Dawn (Pakistan).  He made headlines last December when he was detained for several days during some travels in Helmand province, on which he wrote a widely-acclaimed set of articles.
Anatol Lieven
Anatol Lieven, a former senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, previously covered Central Europe for The Financial Times; Pakistan, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, and Russia for The Times (London), and India as a freelance journalist. He was also an editor at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, where he also worked for the Eastern Services of the BBC. Mr. Lieven is the author of numerous books on foreign policy, including America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (2004). His latest book, Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World, coauthored with John Hulsman, was published in September 2006. He has also written for The Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The Christian Science Monitor, Prospect (U.K.), and The Nation, among other publications. Mr. Lieven holds a B.A. in history and a doctorate in political science from Jesus College, Cambridge.  He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation.
Peter Bergen
Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, and the author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden.  He is the CNN’s terrorism analyst and an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  He has written for a host of international media outlets, including the New York Times, Foreign Affairs magazine, The London Times as well as the Guardian newspaper.
Dominic Medley has been working on media development and journalist training projects in Afghanistan since February 2002 when he established Internews in Kabul. In 2003 he was a journalist trainer at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and in 2004 he worked at Radio Arman, the country’s first commercial radio station was he was responsible for transforming the station. In 2006 Dominic returned to Kabul firstly as Media Relations Officer at UNDP and then as the head of the civilian advisory group for ISAF Commander General David Richards. Dominic is co-author of Kabul: The Bradt Mini Guide ( and he helped start Afghan Scene Magazine ( and the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association ( Dominic is a former BBC radio and TV journalist and has spent much of the last ten years overseas working on media development.
Dominic Medley
Saad Mohseni is the director of the Moby Capital Group, which runs Tolo and Lemar television stations, as well as Arman FM, a radio station.  He came out to Kabul from Australia in 2002 to start the group and is now one of the most important figures in the country’s media industry.
Saad Mohseni
Fahim Dashty is the current editor-in-chief of Kabul Weekly.  Born in Panjshir province in 1973, he spent a significant amount of time on the frontlines with Ahmed Shah Massoud during the Soviet-Afghan War.  He was injured in the attack on September 9th that killed Massoud, but returned to Kabul in early 2002 to restart Kabul Weekly newspaper.  He is a widely-respected member of the journalist community in Kabul.
Fahim Dashty
Jere Van Dyk
Jere Van Dyk is a journalist and author. In addition to conducting interviews and writing for the Carnegie Council, he is currently a consultant on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaeda for CBS News. He also teaches a course on the politics of Islam at New York University.  Mr. Van Dyk has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic. He has traveled in Afghanistan and other countries in the region since the 1970s and reported on them for CBS News (both radio and television), CNN, National Public Radio, and other broadcast organizations.  In 1981, while working as a correspondent for The New York Times, Mr. Van Dyk lived with the mujahideen as they battled the Soviet Army. His articles in The New York Times, which included a three-part story in the paper’s Sunday magazine, were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He later wrote In Afghanistan, a book on his experiences during that journey. In 2001, Mr. Van Dyk, working as a free-lance correspondent, covered the war in Afghanistan and the murder of Daniel Pearl.
Tahera Qurban-Ali
Tahera Qurban-Ali is an Afghan living in Canada who travels in the rural areas of Afghanistan each summer, assessing needs and the situation for the residents. She is also the founding director and president of the Afghan Youth Association of Canada, a multiethnic Afghan youth organisation promoting peace and unity among Afghans and fighting racism among Afghans.
Jean Mackenzie is the programme director of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in Afghanistan. She has been working in Afghanistan for the past 3 years, and returned recently from work in Helmand training journalists
Jean Mackenzie
Founder and Director of Humanitarian Assistance for the Women of Afghanistan (HAWCA), Orzala Ashraf has been involved since 1998 in setting up and delivering training programs to women and children in Afghan refugee camps as well as inside Afghanistan. She is strongly involved in social and humanitarian field and supporting the active participation of women in the reconstruction and development process of Afghanistan. Besides the humanitarian activities and development projects Ms. Ashraf has been also strongly involved in lobbying on human rights, women rights and peace. She is also member of Afghan Women’s Network, Persian Gender Network, Gender and Law commission, (a group of professional and scholars who have worked a lot for the recent constitution of Afghanistan), Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) and one of the founding members of the Women’s Political Participation Committee. Ms. Ashraf and her organization were given the Isabel Ferror Award for women’s education and the Amnesty International award for humanitarian aid to children and women and some other awards in recognition of her activities.
Orzala Ashraf