While the news media is full of continued gloom about Afghanistan, many more positive changes go almost unnoticed. Chief among them is the emergence of a new generation of civil society leaders determined to build upon the impressive gains of the last decade, including major advances in the areas of democracy, media, women’s rights, and education.
Come and meet four of them as they engage in a panel discussion about Afghanistan’s future:
- Shaharzad Akbar is the leader of a new youth movement, Afghanistan 1400, who was also the first Afghan woman to go to Oxford University.
- Parwiz Kawa is editor of the leading independent newspaper, 8 am, which has been responsible for groundbreaking anticorruption reporting.
- Haseeb Humayoon is the cofounder of the first Afghan-owned public relations and political risk consultancy, and is part of the leadership council of “1400.”
- Davood Moradian is the founder of a new think tank, the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies, and the former chief policy advisor to the Afghan Foreign Ministry.
The conversation will be moderated by Rachel Reid, director of the Regional Policy Initiative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Open Society Foundations.
Andrew Wilder, director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace, will make introductory remarks.