Category Archives: AYLI

From “Aghanistan 21”—“Reasons to Hope”

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.

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Asia 21 Young Leaders: Changing the Narrative – Afghanistan’s Future

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.   

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Afghanistan – Post – 2014?

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.

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“A Celebration of Democracy” – An Account by Afghanistan 21 Young Leader Freshta Karim

Freshta’s account begins on her 22nd birthday, the eve of the Afghan elections- the democratic transition that nation anxiously awaits.  Using her birthdays for reference, she reflects on the events that have shaped the country, and the journey that has found both her and Afghanistan earnestly awaiting change. She describes the month twenty two years prior, when her family would have celebrated not only her birth but the ‘Islamic and peaceful government’, completely oblivious to the four year civil strife that lay ahead. Through the innocent eyes of a child, Freshta illustrates the perpetual dread in Kabul. “Marks of bullets and bombs were visible in every second building of the city but for me, then a Cartoon Network addict, it all appeared like illusionary cartoon figures,” she writes. 
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Afghan Young Leaders in Action: Youth Summit in Jalalabad and Protest in Kabul

The Afghan Young Leaders are at work again! The 2nd installment of the “Promising Voices” Youth Summit recently concluded in Jalalabad of Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. With upwards of 400 youths in attendance, members of our Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative shared their vision and sought recommendations about how they can contribute towards their country’s future. Continue reading →

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