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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
To facilitate open and constructive dialogue on issues important to Afghanistan
within the local community.
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
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
To serve as an intermediary between institutions/groups seeking an
Afghan voice in some capacity (such as for a panel) and interested ASI