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State-Building and Human Rights in Afghanistan & Pakistan

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Afghanistan and the Region
April 23-24, 2009 ~ Washington, D.C.  

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Rory Stewart Carr Center Director
Rory Stewart moderated the
panel presentations.
APRIL 23, 2009
United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th St, NW; Main Conference Room (2nd Floor)

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.
Micheal Ignatieff Michael Ignatieff                           Ambasssador Richard Holbrooke,
delivering the keynote address.
Ambassador Holbrooke

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