The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
“Finish the Job: Jump-start Afghanistan’s Economy.
A Handbook of Projects”
December 11, 2012
“Finish the Job: Jump-start Afghanistan’s Economy. A Handbook of Projects”
Adib Farhadi, Visiting Scholar, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.; Deputy Minister of Commerce, Afghanistan (June 2008 – March 2010)
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the South and Central Asia Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State
Tuesday, December 11, 5-7 p.m.
Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
This Forum will present the conclusions of a team of Afghan and international experts on urgent, immediate steps to save Afghanistan's economy from the looming "post-NATO cliff" and to develop it thereafter in such a way as to foster security and political settlement. The findings are presented in a newly released Silk Road Paper by the two principal authors, S. Frederick Starr and Adib Farhadi. Entitled Finish the Job: Jump-start Afghanistan’s Economy. A Handbook of Projects, this paper differs from most recent studies in that it sidesteps the mass of competing projects that are underway and, instead, identifies those highest-priority initiatives that will lead most directly to actual change. It argues, further, that neither political peace nor internal security can be achieved without economic progress. Copies of the paper will be available at the event.
The Forum is preceded by a reception and refreshments at 5 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:00 p.m.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.silkroadstudies.org.