Mohammad Khalid Ramizy
Mohammad Khalid Ramizy is a Research Scholar at the Center for Governance and Markets in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, where he contributes to the Afghanistan Project.
He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO), a leading free-market think tank in Afghanistan, and has been working for liberal democracy and the values of a free society since 2009. Ramizy is also the founder and senior fellow at The White Assembly, a leading non-profit organization working in 19 provinces of Afghanistan with its 10K+ members to educate & promote the ideas of liberty and oppose radicalism among youths. In the meantime, he is also the founder and director of Silk Road Online Radio & TV, Afghanistan's first online educational radio & TV station to promote and educate liberal democracy and free society values.
Khalid Ramizy is a co-founder and board member of many other regional and international organizations too. As a young leader and human rights activist, Ramizy started his work for liberty and human rights at a very young age after the first collapse of the Taliban regime.
Over the past 20 years, he has organized tens and hundreds of events, rallies, capacity development programs, seminars, and the biggest national conferences all around Afghanistan and strived to establish liberal democracy, hold government into account, and counternarrative fundamental Islamism in Afghanistan. Ramizy's activism and endeavors for a democratic, peaceful, equal, and developed Afghanistan have been recognized by several national and international awards.
Khalid Ramizy is the author of "The Death of Republic & Democracy; Examining the Collapse of the Republic and 20 Years of Democracy in Afghanistan," the co-author of "Religion & Freedom," book. In addition, he has translated and edited several well-known classical liberal books from English into the national languages of Afghanistan. He has a B.A. in Law & Political Science and an M.A. in Educational Management from Kabul University.
His primary research interests include the events that led to the failure of the U.S. state-building efforts in Afghanistan, the loss of democracy and republic in Afghanistan, pluralism and tolerance as the key to success for the Afghan nation, human rights, religion and freedom, and the free society values based on the compatibility of religion and culture.