Speaker: The Honorable Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Fiji
When: Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Where: IU Maurer School of Law Room 213
This event is free and open to the public.
Aside from the grim pictures featured in international media, 12 years after the removal of Al-Qaeda and its supporting Taliban regime, Afghanistan has witnessed enormous progress unparalleled in its history. Today, Afghanistan has the most progressive constitution in the region, a capable army and police, a multi-party and diverse parliament, a free and vibrant media, a young and unrelenting civil society and above all 8 million young Afghan girls and boys attending schools and universities.
However, faced with two transitions (security and political), an ambiguous peace process, and an aid-driven declining economy, Afghanistan is also at a critical juncture in her modern history. The end of the combat mission and withdrawal of US/NATO forces in 2014 will mark the completion of the security transition to the Afghan National Security Forces. A successful political transition requires conducting a free and credible election next April and positive steps on the peace and reconciliation process.
Ambassador Nasir Andisha will speak about the current challenges and opportunities in Afghanistan and will base his remarks, in part, on his doctoral dissertation research at the Australian National University. Ambassador Andisha will also touch upon possible long-term foreign policy options for his country.