Where: UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Seminar Topic: Ending the War in Afghanistan–Now? America’s war in Afghanistan marks the longest in the country’s history and risks continuing beyond the 2014 as Washington plans to retain 9 military bases for an additional decade putting the troops in the Jihadist bullseye. And so a conflict that confounded Washington’s finest diplomats and generals along with the varying contribution of some 48 allied countries against the Taliban–a Pashtun tribe subset (Pashtuns are the world largest tribe residing in Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan)–would seem destined to continue.
However, hope for resolution emerged on June 15, 2013 when the United States agreed to peace talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. If successful, negotiations will create a new phase in Afghanistan. The Taliban would have to disown any relations with Al-Qaeda and agree to resolve differences with other Afghani groups. But there is more for peace to break out. Nake Kamrany will outline requirements for a cease fire, an inclusive Grand Assembly guided by an updated constitution promoting modernized governance, justice and education, the necessity for general amnesty except for those who generated the most heinous crimes, economic development built on the country’s mineral wealth and micro-financing of small and medium sized industries to dramatically reduce unemployment to ten percent in five years well as the management of returning Afghan refugees
The Speaker: Professor Nake M. Kamrany was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is currently a tenured senior professor of economics and attorney at law teaching economic analysis of law, macroeconomics, the world economy and economic development. He is Director of Program in Law and Economics at the University of Southern California. He has received his B.S. at UCLA, M.A. & Ph.D. at USC (1973), & J.D. at UWLA (1993).His previous professional appointments include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the World Bank, UCLA, and Stanford Research Institute. He has served as adviser to the World Bank, UNDP, the governments of the United States, Ghana, Lebanon, the Philippines, Jamaica and the Sahel-Sudan countries of Africa including Mali, Chad, Upper Volta, Senegal, and Niger having published 12 volumes of research reports. Dr. Kamrany’s recent OpEd on Afghanistan appeared in the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nake-m-kamrany/the-genesis-of-peace-for-_b_3463658.html