A Pair Of Crises: Ukraine And Afghanistan

As 2022 dawned six weeks ago, it was difficult to imagine that America would be reading headlines about two new life-threatening crises in Europe and Asia: *In Europe, Russian threats to invade neighboring Ukraine, potentially causing the loss of thousands of lives. *In Afghanistan, a growing hunger crisis that could kill 23 million people after…

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Lessons from Afghanistan – Two Ambassadors Speak

Donald Bishop, a Public Diplomacy Council past president and scholar at the Marine Corps University, sounded out two former ambassadors to Afghanistan on lessons for public diplomacy from the United States’  twenty-year engagement there. “Afghanistan: A Look Back at the Whole-of-Government Enterprise,” First Monday Forum for December 13, drew 73 attendees.  It featured Ambassador Ryan…

Thanksgiving Thoughts For 2021 Afghan Pilgrims

David Von Drehle’s column in the Washington Post’s Thanksgiving Day edition sums it all up: “Gratitude is a muscle. It strengthens us with use.” “Ultimately,” the widely-followed columnist concludes, “gratitude is somehow linked to hope and hope is the pre-requisite of action.” “One must be grateful for the Earth before one can save it. One…

Helping Afghan Child Refugees In America: A Pair Of Moving Examples

Starting October 1st, the Biden administration is doubling the ceiling on Afghan refugees re-settling here, permitting local communities to expand aid to displaced Afghans arriving in the United States. Washington is expanding the total to 125,000, according to local newspapers in New Jersey and Florida. “It’s just the humane thing to do… they are humans…

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Afghanistan: What’s Next?

The situation in the strategically important South/Central Asian country of Afghanistan is crucial in the foreign policies of the U.S. and its NATO partners in the days ahead. In Afghanistan itself, August 19 would normally be a day of celebration: independence from British control on that date in 1919. That’s hardly the case in 2021.…