Afghanistan: Challenges and a Way Forward with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Ronald Neumann moderates.
After decades of conflict, Afghanistan is making progress in developing its institutions, but is facing a spreading challenge of insurgency. The US and the international community are committed to helping Afghanistan rebuild, however many challenges remain.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a long-serving Foreign Minister of Afghanistan who was active in the country's resistance movement before joining government service, will speak on these many challenges, including poverty and civil violence, job creation, establishing rule of law, and expanding poppy cultivation and a growing opium trade generating $3 billion in illicit economic activity. How will Afghanistan meet these challenges and what are the implications of Afghanistan's stability for the international community?- World Affairs Council of Washington D.C.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
Dr. Abdullah was the foreign minister of the Afghan United Front government from 1998 onwards.
Following the assassination of Massoud in 2001, he became one of the three dominant figures in the Northern Alliance and later the Transitional Afghan Government along with Mohammed Fahim and Yunus Qanuni.
In 2001 he was selected as Foreign Minister for the Interim Administration of Afghanistan; a post which he lost in a cabinet reshuffle on March 22, 2006.
He is generally considered to be, along with former Ministers Mohammed Fahim and Yunus Qanuni, a leader of the Tajik faction, although his mother is actually an ethnic Pashtun. Unlike many other former Northern Alliance officials, he was not removed from his ministerial post immediately after the 2004 Presidential Election.
Ambassador Ronald Neumann
Ronald E. Neumann is the current United States Ambassador to Afghanistan and previously served as ambassador to Algeria from 1994 to 1997 and Bahrain from 2001 to 2004.
He is the son of former ambassador Robert G. Neumann and traveled extensively after college in Afghanistan while his father was ambassador there.