Give #Afghanistan a Chance: With America’s help, Afghanistan has the makings of a bright future #ISAF #NATO

Give #Afghanistan a Chance: With America’s help, Afghanistan has the makings of a bright future #ISAF #NATO

“Afghans, as a whole, are optimistic about their country’s future. A February 2014 survey conducted by ATR Consulting found that 80 percent of Afghans see the government now as being in control — 93.7 percent in the country’s North and 73.1 percent in the South. Of course, there are reasons to be hopeful. Key development indicators, including life expectancy, electricity connections and medical care access, are improving, and a new generation of Afghans has taken advantage of the educational opportunities denied to their parents. Indeed, the Department of Defense estimates that ‘in 2000, Afghanistan had 1.2 million students enrolled in school, whereas now it has over 10 million.'”

#Afghanistan Presidential Candidate Drops Out

#Afghanistan Presidential Candidate Drops Out

This is unfortunate that Prince Naim has dropped out. I met with Prince Naim when I was in Afghanistan to discuss Civil Society engagement and he was a great asset for the international community’s efforts to bridge differences between various factions in Afghanistan. He was the most well-spoken, educated and honest Afghan I had met in my near 2 years there. I truly hope Price Naim retains an influential leader in Afghanistan’s future.