Congressional Forum on Afghanistan

Tomorrow morning I will be attending this event on Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Organized by AACC (Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce), the stated goal of the congressional forum is to “reassess priorities for US funding in Afghanistan.” The event features an impressive list of panelists including US Undersecretary of State Nick Burns (whom I admire for his eloquence and the suave way he handles media,) Prof. Barney Rubin, Afghan Minister of Finance Ahadi and others. Also in attendance will be people from non-profit, think-tank, and corporate sectors as well as government officials (US and Afghan), US House and Senate members, and academic types. Who knows maybe I will even run into some fellow bloggers who write on Afghanistan (yes Registan and AfghanistanWatch, that means you!)

I will try to do a post on Safrang afterwards with a summary and highlights from the event.

Besides the obvious (that is, I don’t have a life and attend these events for the sheer fun of it) the other reason I am attending is because I would like to get some “face time” with people that may prove helpful in my frantic search for a job in Afghanistan over the coming months.
Yes, readers, I will be leaving for Watan soon, and I know you can’t wait to read my posts straight from the belly of the beast.

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22 Responses to Congressional Forum on Afghanistan

  1. hatif says:

    good luck javaid jan,
    leaving the metaphorical connotations of ” the belly of the beast” aside, the phrase is a worrisome itself in a very real sense ,when it refers to Afghanistan. So please be careful when you go there (by there i mean Afghanistan not the event!).

  2. I look forward to your summary of the seminar. But I can’t help but think that discussion will be directed towards how funding can assist American companies (directly or indirectly) to make money in Afghanistan, and how it can be used to directly address issues that have a strong US domestic focus, such as poppy cultivation.

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  3. J.Z. says:

    Could not post the summary today as promised. Will do it tomorrow. Interestingly, some of the issues pointed out by The Strategist were discussed.
    Also, Hatif, we should talk about things related to belly and bowels of the beast in more detail.

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