The Global Initiative Network


Hamid Azizi

Researcher, UNODC and Flinders University

Hamid has over a decade of professional research experience with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Afghanistan and Austria. From 2009 to 2014 he was based in Afghanistan, and since 2014 based in Vienna, Austria. Hamid has conducted research on the areas of drug trafficking and its link with terrorism/insurgency and political instability in Afghanistan and the immediate region. Hamid has led and been involved in the design and execution of several research projects which were published by UNODC.

Hamid holds an Associate degree in Political Science from the American University of Afghanistan, a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from MODUL University in Vienna, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Central European University. Hamid is currently conducting his PhD research at Flinders University, South Australia. His research project investigates the nature and extent of the Taliban’s involvement in organized crime and drug trade. It aims to understand and quantify the Taliban’s revenue from drug trade and explore how the Taliban justify using illicit financial resources.