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Afghan Student Initiative

Creating an opportunity for Afghan students across Greater Boston to
connect and stimulate debate, thought, and active participation in
matters relating to Afghanistan.

About the Afghan Student Initiative

The Afghan Students Initiative (ASI) was formed in September 2009 to engage local Afghan students with Carr Center programs and resources. It has since evolved into an active student group that seeks to promote discussion and awareness on issues of importance to Afghanistan. The group, which is the first of its kind in the Boston area, was organized in collaboration with fellows and staff from the Carr Center's State Building and Human Rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan program. For more information, please contact the initiative's president, Mariam Jalalzada, at

Group Purpose:

  • To provide a space for local Afghan students to meet one another and discuss issues of importance to their native country.

  • To encourage and support a multitude of positions and opinions within the group.

  • To facilitate open and constructive dialogue on issues important to Afghanistan within the local community.

Group Objectives:

  • To interact with policymakers by communicating group members' views on issues important to Afghanistan, so as to inform policymakers' views (and actions) on these issues.

  • To publish a journal on the future of Afghanistan consisting of relevant academic work by Afghan students, which would be disseminated in the U.S. and Afghanistan.

  • To host discussion sessions with relevant specialists in which members discuss and debate the work of the specialist, which could feature previously agreed-upon questions and suggestions from the group.

  • To host panels and other events that feature ASI members, along with any relevant guests, discussing and debating issues of importance to Afghanistan.

  • To serve as an intermediary between institutions/groups seeking an Afghan voice in some capacity (such as for a panel) and interested ASI members.

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