Mr. Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center
Mr. Vikram J. Singh
Center for American Progress
Join us at the Atlantic Council for an interactive conversation with Dr. Abdullah (RSVP here)
DATE: Thursday, June 12, 2014
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Have a question for Dr. Abdullah?
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Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a candidate in the 2009 Afghan Presidential election. From 1992-1996, he served as a spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense and subsequently served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Abdullah also served as caretaker of the Foreign Ministry for the government-in-exile of the Islamic State of Afghanistan from 1999 until the collapse of the Taliban. As a result of the International led Bonn conference in 2001, Dr. Abdullah was appointed as Minister of Foreign of Affairs of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan where he continued to serve in that capacity until 2005.
Dr. Abdullah ran as an independent candidate during the 2009 Presidential elections in Afghanistan. He ran a highly impressive campaign under the slogan of “Change” with national agendas – to institute needed reforms. He came in second by securing over 30% of the total votes cast. A second round runoff was called between the Incumbent President Hamid Karzai and Dr. Abdullah after the Electoral Complaints Commission concluded a vigorous audit, disallowing a large number of questionable ballots, mainly in favor of President Karzai. On November 1, 2009 Dr. Abdullah announced that he would not participate in the second round of the Presidential elections due to concerns of fraud. In 2010, he formed the Coalition for Change and Hope, which served as one of the leading democratic opposition movements in the country. In 2011, the coalition was transformed into the National Coalition of Afghanistan, which is supported by many political parties and members of Parliament.