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Oral Histories of U.S. Diplomacy in Afghanistan, 2001–2021: Fireside Chat with USAID Mission Directors
August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
IN PERSON & LIVE WEBCAST
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023
5:00-5:45 PM LIGHT HORS D’OEUVRES & DRINKS
5:45-7:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT AND Q&A
DACOR BACON HOUSE, 1801 F ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) is pleased to announce that eight United States Agency for International Development (USAID) former Mission Directors in Afghanistan will participate in a “fireside chat” to share insights and reflections on key themes from their times in Afghanistan, including comparing experiences and lessons learned related to development across time periods and USAID mission leadership. While Afghanistan turned out to be America’s longest-running war, the demands on USAID in Afghanistan since 2002 pushed it well outside its traditional boundaries. Expectations were high that USAID would provide development to match the major U.S. military effort: delivering enduring development results in a war zone and with billions of dollars of assistance in the face of ever-changing priorities and urgency in a country torn apart by decades of civil war.
The event is part of the “Oral Histories of U.S. Diplomacy in Afghanistan, 2001-2021” special project, which was launched last year with generous gifts from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Rockefeller Foundation to capture valuable firsthand accounts about the U.S. intervention in and withdrawal from Afghanistan from more than 30 key leaders. The interview collection will go live on ADST’s website on the day of the event.
Ambassador Anne Patterson
ADST President Susan Johnson
Afghanistan Project Manager Dr. Eva Meharry
Former USAID Leaders to Afghanistan Bambi Arellano, Jim Bever, Craig Buck, Tina Dooley-Jones, Alonzo Fulgham, Earl Gast, Herbie Smith, and Ken Yamashita
Please contact the Afghanistan Project Manager Dr. Eva Meharry with any queries at [email protected].
This event is co-sponsored by ADST and the USAID Alumni Association, with generous gifts from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Rockefeller Foundation.