Arslan Muradi, 2016, Afghanistan

On selecting Fletcher: As a native of Afghanistan who has lived through two decades of war,  I give significant importance to cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives in matters of international security. In this realm, Fletcher’s innovative curriculum, its faculty, and its student body are unique and unmatched. My decision to come to Fletcher was based on its emphasis on sophisticated collaboration, both in educational pedagogy and in societal practice. There is a sense of camaraderie at Fletcher that allows me to flourish and enables me to make a difference in global challenges we face today through its flexible and rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum with world-famous academics and practitioners. This makes for a dynamic learning atmosphere to pursue a focused and groundbreaking education with virtually limitless opportunities. At Fletcher, I have the ability to study the complicated nexus between international conflicts and the self-financing nature of combatants. Considering the shift in the security paradigm of the world with non-state actors becoming pivotal players in international conflicts, I have found Fletcher to be on the leading edge in both understanding the rapidly changing landscape and preparing me and other students to tackle the new reality.

On the flexibility of the curriculum:  Emerging from a war-torn country, I was fortunate to attend Hampshire College for my undergraduate degree. The experience at Hampshire College was my first encounter with many different ways of learning and a flexible curriculum that allowed me to tailor my own major with an intense focus on the role of natural resource management in contemporary civil wars in the post-cold war era. This flexibility enabled me to conduct advanced and personalized independent research, and the experience contributed significantly to my decision to choose Fletcher for my graduate degree. I hope to develop an expanded version of this topic at Fletcher. I would like to explore how an understanding of the ways in which natural resources can contribute to violent conflicts could lead to the development of pathways for stabilization, collaboration, and peace in war-torn societies.  Fletcher is an ideal place for this exploration because of its flexibility in curriculum design, the world-class faculty, the rich experiences and perspectives of my fellow students, and the opportunity to take courses at other parts of Tufts, Harvard, MIT, and other schools in the Boston area. 

Favorite magazine
Foreign Policy

Favorite website
Al Jazeera English

Favorite author
Michael Klare

Favorite city
Boston

Favorite landmark
The Grand Canyon

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher
Resource wars

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Diplomacy Club
  • Harvard Law and International Development Society
  • Fletcher Students in Security

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations, Hampshire College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant, Checchi Company and Consulting, Inc. (USAID), Afghanistan
  • Export Officer, Paxton International, Afghanistan
  • Translator, U.S. Department of State, Afghanistan

Languages

  • Uzbek
  • Dari/Farsi
  • Urdu
  • Standard Arabic
  • Pashto
  • Turkish
  • English