Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan
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Asia Society presents a special conversation with His Excellency Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly
2014 will bring key turning points for Afghanistan, with a presidential election, and a deadline nearing for the withdrawal of international forces from that country. At stake, nothing less than the economic, political and military stability of Afghanistan, a nation so critical to the future of South Asia. Afghanistan has made great progress, but great challenges and uncertainty await.
In conjunction with the 68th United Nations General Assembly, Asia Society is pleased to be hosting His Excellency Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in conversation with NPR's John Hockenberry, at this crucial moment in the history of Afghanistan.
Dr. Zalmai Rassoul is Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, serving in that position since January 2010. In this capacity, he has accompanied President Hamid Karzai on all official visits. Previously he was National Security Advisor and before the establishment of the current Afghan government he worked to convene the 2002 Emergency Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly), which set forth many of the conditions for Afghanistan's political transition.
Born in Kabul, Dr. Rassoul received a scholarship to study medicine at Paris Medical School, graduating in 1973. He is fluent five languages, and has contributed to several medical journals.
John Hockenberry is the host of public radio morning program The Takeaway. Hockenberry is a three-time Peabody Award and four-time Emmy award winner. He has reported extensively from the Middle East and was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in northern Iraq and southern Turkey.
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