In the post-Taliban era, women of Afghanistan have seen increased standards of living and equality, yet the gains are typically uneven and tenuous. Given its history of patriarchal rule, the country still has a long way to go, but progress continues. Women leaders in the new Afghan government enable much of this progress. These women are key to implementing the National Unity Government’s reform agenda, and they provide critical expert analysis and implementation on a range of issues facing Afghanistan.
On February 13, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, in collaboration with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security and the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, hosted a discussion centered around the new generation of women leaders of Afghanistan, featuring several members a visiting delegation of the current Afghan government. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon moderated the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
Following their conversation, panelists took audience questions.
Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs - Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Minister for Policy - Afghan Ministry of Finance
Deputy Minister - Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum
Senior Advisor - President of Afghanistan on High Councils
Director of Policy and Analysis - Administrative Office of the President of Afghanistan
Commissioner - Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution of Afghanistan
Member - Provincial Council of Kabul Province
Commissioner - Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Commission
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[The duplicity of Pakistan's intelligence services was] baked into the stock price of U.S.-Pakistan relations. They were at times minimally responsive, but we always hit a wall. The outstanding list of Al Qaeda-affiliated figures [still operating in Pakistan] is small. But the Haqqani list is moving in the other direction.