S. Maisam Wahidi studied in Tehran, Seoul, and Boston. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from Tehran University, Iran, and a Master’s degree in International Studies from Yonsei University, South Korea. In 2013, he worked at the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, as a visiting fellow. He received an Open Society Foundation grant recipient from the Central Asia and Caucuses Initiative. He also served at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as senior research analyst at the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS), an Afghan local think tank. S. Maisam Wahidi gained further practical experience as a NGO practitioner and a consultant with the UN and international organizations working on governance, strategic advocacy, political participation, election, gender, peace and reconciliation.
S. Maisam Wahidi’s regional expertise includes South Asia and Middle East, in particular issues related to Afghanistan and Iran. His research concentrates on regional security, cooperative security, and nexus between different internal and external actors shaping states behaviours within international system. Thematically, he researches governance and state building in post-conflict states, international and regional cooperation, foreign policy, peace, and political Islam.