Zahir Tanin

Former Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations

H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin is the former permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations.

During his tenure as permanent representative, Tanin has also served in a number of other capacities within the United Nations including as a vice-president of the 63rd and 65th sessions of the General Assemby. He has also served as acting president several times including during High Level General Assembly Sessions.

Previously, Tanin worked for 11 years with the BBC World Service as a producer from 1995 to 2000; as a senior producer from 2000 to 2001; as an editor for BBC World Service, Afghanistan and Central Asia from 2001 to 2003; and as an editor for Afghanistan of the BBC Persian/Pashto section from 2003 to 2006. Before joining the BBC, Tanin was a research fellow in international relations at the London School of Economic and Political Science from 1994 to 1996. 

Tanin began his career in 1980 working as a journalist in Kabul. He was editor-in-chief of Akhbar-e-Haftah and Sabawoon Magazine until 1992. He co-authored The Communist Regime in Afghanistan and authored Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century. His corresponding  29-part program, The Oral History of Afghanistan in the 20th Century, was broadcast on the BBC.

Last Updated: August 7, 2017