Farkhondeh Akbari (@FarkhondaAkbar) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Gender, Peace and Security Centre, Monash University, Australia. Her research focus is on inclusive peace, diplomatic actors, feminist foreign policy and the women, peace, and security agenda. She has recently published research on the Taliban’s gender-apartheid regime in Afghanistan. She completed her PhD in Diplomatic Studies at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. Her thesis examined the required characteristics for non-state armed actors to engage meaningfully in diplomacy for the purpose of peace settlements and studied the cases of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. She is also on LinkedIn.