March 31, 2016
The New Afghanistan: A Conversation with Rula Ghani
By South Asia Center
The Atlantic Council’s President and CEO Frederick Kempe made welcome remarks, underscoring the critical moment in Afghanistan’s future trajectory. Ambassador James B. Cunningham followed with an introduction of Mrs. Ghani, noting her unique and historic contribution as a leader not only in Afghanistan but on the world stage. Mrs. Ghani’s remarks spoke to the successes of the Ghani administration, and drew attention to the misrepresentation of the progress of Afghanistan’s political and societal institutions in the media. She highlighted her own work as First Lady, her entry into public life, and the role she plays as interlocutor between the people and the government, as well as to her work with women. This was followed by a moderated discussion and question and answer session with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad. The discussion focused on the role that development projects, education, infrastructure, and technology play in the progress being made in Afghanistan.