Dr Adib Farhadi


Phone: 1-252-258-2666


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Ph.D. in Economics

Doctoral Thesis: Stabilization for Sustainable Economic Growth in Fragile States: The Case for a Trade-Based Regional Economic Integration "Silk Road" Strategy

Adib Farhadi is a development economist with over fifteen years of experience as an academic researcher and practitioner in fragile conflict-affected states.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Canberra, and holds a Master’s degree from New York University and undergraduate degree from East Carolina University.   Dr. Farhadi is currently a Visiting Scholar with Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he co-authored “Finish the Job” with Professor Frederick Starr.  

Dr. Farhadi specializes in economic stabilization and fragile economies with extensive work experience in all aspects of international poverty reduction initiatives, economic growth, private sector development, infrastructure development and international trade. He has advised a variety of international organizations in areas such as economic analysis, strategic analysis and planning, post-conflict stabilization, infrastructure and investment analysis.   He has held progressively higher levels of responsibility such as serving as the Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry for the Afghan Government, Executive Director for the Afghanistan National Development Strategy, Chief Negotiator for WTO accession and Senior Advisor to New Silk Road Initiative. 

Dr. Farhadi completed his Doctoral Thesis, “Stabilization for Sustainable Economic Growth in Fragile States: The Case for a Trade-Based Regional Economic Integration Silk Road Strategy” under the supervision of Professor Mark Evans.  The study identifies a ‘new approach’ to stabilization and sustainable economic development in fragile conflicted affected states utilizing the case study of Afghanistan. Underpinned by a novel hybrid theoretical framework of fragile states and New Economic Geography, the study investigates why the traditional development aid model failed to stabilize Afghanistan and is there a more viable approach to stability and sustainable for Afghanistan in particular and fragile conflict-affected states more generally?  The study argues the traditional “one size-fits all” approach not only made the country more aid-dependent, but ignored Afghanistan’s landlocked geography which constitutes its most valuable asset and its greatest liability.  To test the ‘new approach’ hypothesis of re-establishing Afghanistan as the hub of the historic ‘silk road’ trade routes, the study performed econometric  analysis consisting of cost-benefit and macroeconomics combined with political predictive modeling referred to as ‘PECBA’ (Political Economy Cost Benefit Analysis).  The econometric modelling resulted in identification and prioritization of development projects having the highest economic impact and results suggested that Afghanistan must facilitate trade and focus on transportation, energy and minerals projects to integrate it into the regional and global economies to ensure its long-term stability.  The findings endorse a new approach as embodied in the concept of the “Silk Road” Strategy which places Afghanistan as a regional trade and transit hub in the “Heart of Asia”.  As such, the study addresses the challenges and obstacles of reconstruction encountered by the nexus of economics, governance, and security in post-conflict fragile states.

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