Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani


Presented in conjunction with the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly

NEW YORK — September 20, 2017 — Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani delivers an address at Asia Society and discusses his country with CNN host Fareed Zakaria. (44 min., 47 sec.)

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The Asia Society is delighted to host His Excellency Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for an address, to be followed by a moderated discussion with Fareed Zakaria on the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hezb-e Islami, returned to Kabul and public life following a peace deal with the Afghan government — with some hoping this deal can serve as a roadmap for a settlement with the Taliban as well. While peace talks were not part of Trump’s Afghanistan strategy announcement in late August, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed a willingness to support peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Is a negotiated peace deal with the Taliban still on the table? What about newer players such as the Islamic State?


H.E. Dr. Ashraf Ghani is President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Prior to being elected in 2014, he served as Chairman of the Transition Coordination Commission, which was responsible for transferring authority from foreign to national troops. He served as the Chief Adviser to then-interim President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, until he was appointed as Finance Minister under the Karzai administration. Dr. Ghani returned to the country after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, having worked at the World Bank as lead anthropologist, and served as Special Adviser to Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN Secretary General’s special envoy to Afghanistan.

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program — Fareed Zakaria GPS — editor-at-large and a columnist for TIME magazine, and a Washington Post columnist. Fareed Zakaria GPS is a television destination for global newsmakers, U.S. politicians, CEOs, and thought-leading authors and journalists. He is author of several best-selling books, and has been named to various lists, including Foreign Policy magazine's list of "Top 100 Global Thinkers" and Newsweek magazine's "Power 50" list of the most influential political figures of 2010. In 1999, Esquire magazine named him as "One of the 21 Most Important People of the 21st Century."

This program made possible through the generous support of the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy and in coordination with:

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Wed 20 Sep 2017
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Asia Society 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021
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