Mohd Hassan Faizee
MOHD HASSAN FAIZEE currently serves as a distinguished visiting scholar at IHE Delft in the Netherlands. Until August 2019, he was the Acting Afghan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director General for Security Cooperation, Border Affairs and Transboundary Waters. Previously, Faizee was the First Secretary / Legal Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York where he functioned as the focal point for the United Nations Security Council on Afghanistan covering UNAMA, Taliban Sanctions, and humanitarian coordination. During his tenure in New York, Faizee led Afghanistan’s initiative in presenting the first ever resolution of the country to the first committee of the General Assembly on countering the threat posed by IEDs. He also chaired the United Nations’ Member States negotiations on the resolution countering Improvised Explosive Devices in 2015 and 2016 where he held multiple rounds of consultations in New York and Geneva as well as bilateral discussions with member states in New York and Washington DC. Faizee also worked as Afghanistan’s representative to the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee on the Taliban (1988) and Al Qaida (1267).
Prior to his posting to New York, Faizee worked as special assistant to the Afghan Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2013. Before joining the Foreign Service, Faizee worked at the Office of the National Security Council as security situation analyst and later on as senior security situation analyst from 2008 to 2010.
As the Director General for Security Cooperation, Border Affairs, and Transboundary Water at the MoFA, Faizee provided strategic advice and legal opinions on transboundary shared international waters issues. Based on the H.E President’s decree, Faizee was also a key member of the Afghan Transboundary Water Committee. He participated in various rounds of negotiations with Iranian, Turkmen, Uzbek and Tajik counterparts. Faizee was also a member of the secretariat of the Supreme Council on Land and Water where he researched and wrote legal and strategic papers for Afghanistan’s strategic engagement with riparian countries on transboundary waters particularly with Central Asian countries. These papers drew on various scenarios and provides strategic as well as legal perspectives with a view towards Afghanistan exploring water cooperation with its riparian neighbours.
Faizee has been a lecturer at the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy in the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he gave lectures to young Afghan diplomats and mid career officers from other government agencies on topics such as International Law, International Water Law, Negotiations, Hydro Diplomacy and International Security. Faizee is an alumnus of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) National Defense University of the United States as well as of the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). He often joins the discussions on relevant topics at these centers.
Faizee hold a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy with a focus on International Security from Fairleigh Dickinson University in the United States and a Law Degree from Kabul University.