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Afghan Hopes to Start Grassroots Peace Movement

Farshid Hakimyar has much in common with four men he greatly admires – Mahatma Gandhi, Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. Like them, Hakimyar is a man from a comparatively comfortable family background and, as a result, he is well educated and can make choices that could lead him to ...More

Long Investment In Schools For Afghan Girls

The plight and promise of the girls and women of Afghanistan have attracted advocates as high profile as former First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, journalist Christiane Amanpour, and feminist Gloria Steinem. But for pure staying power, few can rival Suraya Sadeed, MA ’12. Beginning in 1993, Sadeed has funneled money ...More

History Matters

Understanding Afghanistan and Pakistan Understanding Afghanistan and Pakistan today starts with grasping the basics about their interconnected histories, including the roles other powers have played in this region. The situations we see today have deep roots. Some of the story lines are sadly familiar, with mistakes and tragedies repeated. The spring/summer 2010 edition of Peacebuilder magazine is ...More

Ten Steps Toward Ending the Chaos

These are excerpted, sometimes paraphrased, from the concluding chapter of Descent Into Chaos – The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid. Take a multi-prong approach: No single military, development or political solutions. Involve every entity with a stake in this matter: Pakistan, India, United States, European Union, NATO, ...More

The Afghans: Nation Building Is the Answer, Not War

Experience shows that use of armed force results in more violence and resistance. — Saeed Murad Rahi, MA ’07 Senior Advisor, Rule of Law Stabilization Program The Taliban and al-Qaeda are major threats to the stability of Afghanistan. But no military can solve this problem once and for all. The long-term answer lies in building ...More

The First D: Economic Development in Afghanistan

I was invited to Afghanistan for a week-long consultancy in June 2009 with an organization funded by USAID to bolster Afghan-run businesses. The organization is called Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED), a program implemented by DAI, based in Bethesda, Maryland. Its more than 75 staff members, drawn from five regional ASMED offices in ...More