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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Seagull Song on the 2013 US-China Intellectual Property Dialogue

U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue in action at Renmin University in Beijing, China January 2013

U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue in action at Renmin University in Beijing, China January 2013

The 2013 US-China Intellectual Property Dialogue White Paper was jointly released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Renmin University of China last month. Asia 21′s very own, Seagull Haiyan Song was one the five participating experts from the US and the only female member. Her colleagues included former officials from the US Trade Representative, US Customs, US Patent & Trademark Offices. In an email she stated, “It is an honor, indeed, to be within such a privileged group.”

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Asia 21 Young Leaders: Changing the Narrative

Afghanistans Future

At a time of widespread uncertainty and potential backsliding due to ever-present Taliban violence, the stalled Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the fast-approaching deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and international forces, and the inconclusive presidential election earlier in the month, the people of Afghanistan have much to gain as well as to lose in the immediate term. Fortunately, a new generation of young, educated, empowered, and responsive Afghans is taking charge, effecting change, and shaping their future.

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Asia 21 Young Leaders in “Women Changing China”

Two of Asia Society’s very own Asia 21 Young Leaders, Beijing-based and New York-educated Visual Artist Danwen Xing, and Scarlett Li, Founder and CEO of Zebra Media, were panel discussants at the 6th Annual Global Symposium entitled Women Changing China, an event conducted  by the Barnard College of Columbia University held in Shanghai’s Portman Ritz Carlton last March 19. The event brought together prominent female members of business, finance, academia, media, and art world of China.

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