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There is no denying that the road ahead for Afghanistan, even when a new president takes office and the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) gets signed, will continue to be fraught with tremendous challenges for the foreseeable future. However, people like Lotfullah Nazafizada, Afghan 21 Class of 2011, offer reasons for hope.
Asia Society is currently seeking Asia 21 Young Leaders for our Class of 2014-15, as well as for our Asia 21 sub-groups: India-Pakistan 21 and Afghan 21. Each year, Asia Society welcomes a new class of 30 Young Leaders under age 40 from throughout Asia and the U.S. to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural exchange, and to develop cooperative responses for addressing shared challenges.
This event featuring three Asia 21 Young Leaders—Saad Mohseni and Aarya Nijat from Afghanistan; Faiysal AliKhan from Pakistan—underscored reasons for a more hopeful future for Afghanistan, contrary to what the mainstream media tend to portray in their coverage. Asia Society trustee and Chairman of the Board, ONE Campaign Tom Freston moderated the discussion.
Mohammad Nader Yama, Asia 21 Afghanistan Young Leader writes an astute assessment of the situation in Afghanistan and what the country needs so as to steer clear of regressing into a state of deeper internal strife and corruption. Encouraged by the spirited democratic elections, Yama sees them as a turning point, hopefully leading to a path of peaceful and inclusive state building.