How US Aid Builds - and Undermines - the Afghan State

Dr. Nematullah Bizhan, author of  Aid Paradoxes in Afghanistan: Building and Undermining the State, will present a disturbing critique of US and western aid to Afghanistan. Happily, he will also offer a prescription for fixing it. 

Dr. Nematullah Bizhan, Research Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and former Director General of Budget, Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan.

Moderator:  S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute


Where: The American Foreign Policy Council, 509 C Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 Read at The National Interest

 By S. Frederick Starr

With respect to Afghanistan, the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea and the major international financial institutions are all caught in a time warp. Dating back a century and a half, this distortion today impedes Afghanistan’s development as a normal country. No less, it helps isolate the other countries of Central Asia from a nearby major market, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and pushes the other countries of Central Asia into a one-sided relationship with their former imperial overlord, Russia. It’s time to correct this long-standing mistake.

Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Time to Re-Engage

Article, The American Interest, March 17, 2017

S. Frederick Starr, Time to Re-Engage

Whipsawed by years of foreign policy activism and then by general retreat, the United States is at risk of losing an opportunity to cement hard-won gains in Central Asia/Afghanistan.


Thursday, 03 November 2016 17:00

Afghanistan: What Does the Future Hold?

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Afghanistan: What Does the Future Hold?


Thursday, 3 Nov. 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

(reception with Georgian wine at 5 p.m.; main program at 5:30)


This CACI forum presents three of its Afghan colleagues, all of them recipients of the Rumsfeld Fellowship. With one a senior official in President Ghani's office, the second the head of Afghanistan's largest TV network, and the third from the Afghan private sector with military background, they are well positioned to speak about their country's future, its security, its politics, and the views of its citizens.  


Mr. Zafar Hashemi
Deputy Spokesman to the President of Afghanistan
Mr. Lotfullah Najafizada
Award-winning journalist and Director of TOLOnews (Afghanistan’s top 24/7 news and current affairs television channel)
Mr. Sami Sadat
CEO, Blue Sea Logistics Company
Military and Security Expert
Moderated by  S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute


A video recording of this forum can now be viewed on the SAIS Events YouTube channel.


Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

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