On Tuesday, 27 February, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) welcomed His Excellency, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah to the Maison de la Paix.
As part of His Excellency’s visit to Geneva to attend the 37th Human Rights Council, he included a visit to the GCSP to exchange ideas with course participants from 40 different countries. He shared thoughts on the past decades of war in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, present challenges and opportunities, and his hope for the future.
In his speech, he highlighted the positive developments, since 2001, in education; election participation and awareness; the role of women; the uses of social media and technology; as well as the emergence of a strong civil society and the growth of the private sector.
Following His Excellency’s speech, Dr Deedee Derksen, a Doctoral Fellow with GCSP’s Global Fellowship Initiative, former Dutch newspaper correspondent and expert on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, facilitated a dynamic Q&A session between His Excellency and the audience. Questions on the Taliban, international military presence, hope for national sustainable peace improvements and women’s rights were included.
The GCSP creates a space where ideas are developed, ideas are exchanged and people are connected through discussion around global issues. In this important event, participants appreciated hearing about the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, specifically, His Excellency’s perspectives on its history, present and future with a clear message of optimism and hope for the country.