Upcoming Events

by Joshua Foust on 4/12/2007 · 3 comments

On Monday I am attending a talk at the Brookings Institution, called “Afghanistan’s Fiscal Future and Challenges.” I’ll be hearing from Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi, the Minister of Finance, Noorullah Delawari, the Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank.

I’m excited, because the messy finances of Afghanistan are one of those things I’ve mentioned and read a bit about, but am by no means an expert on. I do know they have made tremendous progress, considering they basically started from zero. But there remain huge problems, like corruption, the opium biz, and foreigners (way too many government functions remain unsustainable and dependent on foreign aid). It should be an informative look into how Afghanistan’s finances work, how they’re changing, and if they see a light at the end of the tunnel for when they might grow out of being financed by foreigners.

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Safrang April 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Hmmm… I get the Brookings Alert but don’t know how I missed this. I hope it is not too late to RSVP and get on the list – I would love to hear Ahady talk (though it will not be my first time) for much the same reasons as you have stated. Thanks for the heads-up – and to Askar Guraiz who I know would have wanted to be there but cannot because he is far away at school: eat your heart out!

Safrang April 12, 2007 at 8:55 pm

Apropos, I think I know why I delete all those alerts – maybe it is because Brookings holds events on Afghanistan once in a blue moon – as do most institutions in DC and most talk shows and most newspaper editorial pages and most everybody. It’s all Iraq, Iraq, Iraq – and the noise is as useless and counterproductive as it is unbearable. It is not for nothing that Afghanistan is called the forgotten war, and the US government is only partly to blame for it. Sorry, I’m rather pissed tonight.

Askar-guraiz April 15, 2007 at 9:47 am

Safrang: I so want to be there. I have a solid question for Ahadi pacha and you can pose it on my behalf: What is with this whole resume posting of his deputies? Showing off? http://www.mof.gov.af/eng/Sharifullah%20Ibrahimi.asp

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