Afghanistan's Foreign Policy Priorities

March 21, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy Priorities and Implications for the New US Administration: A Conversation with H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
A conversation with:

H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Introduced and Moderated by:

Mr. Javid Ahmad
Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council


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H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani earned his BSc in Management and Marketing from Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1995. He then served in the Financial Accounting department of Saudi Aramco before moving to the United Arab Emirates to work in the private sector in 1996. Mr. Rabbani received his MA in Business and Management from Kingston University in the United Kingdom in 2000. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, serving as Political Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation in New York. During his tenure, he represented Afghanistan in the First Committee of the United Nations’ General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security, and also covered a wide-range of issues at the UN Security Council related to international peace and security. In 2010, Mr. Rabbani was appointed Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Turkey.  Following the tragic assassination of his father in September 2011, he was selected head of Jamiat-e-Islami. In March 2012, then Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed Mr. Rabbani as the new Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council. His appointment was supported and endorsed broadly by the members of the Council. As Chairman, he succeeded his late father in leading a comprehensive national dialogue effort, aimed at initiating talks with elements of the armed opposition for a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict. Following the formation of the Government of National Unity, Mr. Rabbani was nominated by H.E. President Ashraf Ghani to serve as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in January 12, 2015.  His nomination received vote of confidence by the Afghan Wolesi Jirga (Parliament) in January 28, 2015, and just days later, on the February 1, 2015, he was sworn into office.

Mr. Javid Ahmad is a fellow with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and a senior intelligence manager at iJET International, a risk management firm, where he manages a fifteen-member team of intelligence analysts and provides analytical content and assessments to business and government clients. He is also a senior policy adviser to Afghanistan's minister of finance, focusing on devising policies and strategies on anti-money-laundering and counterterrorism financing issues. Additionally, he is a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, where he researches and publishes on pressing security and counterterrorism issues in South Asia. Previously, Javid worked on South Asia supporting the Pentagon’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program and the US Naval Postgraduate School. He also worked as a program coordinator for Asia for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Washington-based think tank. In addition, he has worked for the NATO HQ in Brussels, the Voice of America, and the Afghan embassy in Washington. He has also worked on governance issues for organizations in Kabul. Javid’s writing has appeared, inter alia, in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy,, Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, and the Daily Beast. He has a BA in international relations from Beloit College and an MA in security studies from Yale University.