Afghanistan is perhaps one of the most pressing issues in contemporary humanitarian
and foreign affairs. In his Inaugural address, President Obama committed to “forge a
hard-earned peace in Afghanistan.” The country has been the scene of extreme
human rights abuses, civil war, terrorism, regional instability, and is the third
poorest country in the world.
It is vital for the international community to develop an effective, considered, and
practical approach to improve the situation in Afghanistan and address issues of
human rights, humanitarian assistance, development, counter-narcotics, national
security, and regional stability. This conference is designed to move forward in
developing the both the fundamental understanding and practical solutions needed
to address the challenges.