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History-Making Conference on Afghanistan April 28
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
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--Keynote speech by a former senior economic advisor to Pres. Karzai; organized by a QC Bangladeshi Student to Raise Awareness of Problems in Afghanistan and Present Solutions--

WHAT: “Afghan Peace and Development Conference.” Officials from the government of Afghanistan and experts from academia, journalism and non-profit organizations will discuss that nation’s problems, particularly in the areas of political and economic development, and propose policy recommendations to the Afghan government. This conference, the first of its kind to bring together primarily Afghans to produce solutions for Afghans, is sponsored by Queens College and a variety of student organizations. (Queens has the largest Afghan population in New York City.)

The conference was organized by Glen Oaks, Queens, resident Aniqa Islam, a graduating honors student of Bangladeshi heritage at Queens College. Islam, who has many Afghan friends and aspires to a career in economic development, feels passionately about the importance of bringing peace and stability to this impoverished, war-torn nation. Through a connection at the Afghanistan Peace Association (APA) and with the help of her fellow students and academic organizations at Queens College, she was able to contact and engage Afghan leaders to participate in the conference.

WHERE: Student Union, 4th floor Ballroom, Queens College: 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY. For travel directions:

9 – 9:30 am Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 am Greetings by QC President James Muyskens

9:45 – 9:55 am Welcome by Dawer Nadi, Afghanistan Peace Association president (Queens College class of 1988)

10 – 10:50 am Keynote speech by M. Ishaq Nadiri, who has been senior economic advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and was a key architect of the 2001 Bonn Agreement that created the Interim Government in Afghanistan. Dr. Nadiri is a Jay Gould professor of Economics at NYU and a longstanding member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Council of Foreign Relations.

11 – 12:30 pm Panel I: “Assessing U.S. and NATO Strategies for De-escalating the Regional Conflict”/


  • Waheed Waheedullah, U.N. Ambassador to Albania

  • Ved Pratap Vaidik, Chairman of Council for Indian Foreign Policy (NGO)

  • Mohauddin Taeb, member of the Central Council of Ayenda Movement in Afghanistan

  • >Moderated by: QC Political Science Professor Peter Liberman

    12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch for speakers, same location. Media who wish to conduct interviews during the lunch break will be admitted.

    1:30 – 3 pm Panel II: “Re-building Afghanistan: Recommendations for Economic and Social Development”


  • Ashraf Ghani, director of the Institute for State Effectiveness and candidate for president of Afghanistan (pre-recorded video message)

  • Sonali Kolhatkar, co-founder and co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a U.S.-based, non-profit organization, and the hostess and producer of Uprising, a nationally syndicated political radio show

  • Fariba Nawa, award-winning Afghan-American journalist who is writing a book about the drug trade in Afghanistan

  • Bahaudin Mujtaba, department chair and associate professor of Human Resources/International Management at Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship (FL)

  • Dr. Paul O'Brien, director of the Aid Effectiveness Unit with OXFAM International

  • Moderated by: QC Political Science Professor Francois Pierre-Louis

    3:10 – 4:30 pm Panel III: “Developing a Case for Withdrawal and Exit Strategy for U.S./NATO From Afghanistan”


  • Ann Jones, journalist, photographer, author and authority on violence against women, who serves as a gender advisor to the U.N.

  • Sameer Dossani, director of Amnesty International’s Demand Dignity Campaign, which focuses on economic, social and cultural rights

  • Jawied Nawabi, professor of Economics and Sociology at Bronx Community College, CUNY, and an APA member

  • Christian Parenti, contributing editor to The Nation, who has reported extensively from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America

  • Moderated by: QC Urban Studies Professor Madhulika Khandelwal

    4:45 – 5 pm Closing remarks by Dawer Nadi






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    May 09
    Catch Spring Opera Scenes This Sunday, May 13
    May 04
    Julio Marzan is Named Fourth Queens Poet Laureate
    April 24
    Free Concert May 1 with Pakistani Rock Star Celebrates Jewish-Muslim Cultural Similarities
    April 16
    Queens College Student Miriam Ginzberg Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
    April 03
    March 16
    Mary Gordon, Winner of 2007 Story Prize, Reads at Queens College March 27
    March 14
    How Are Female Images Created? Women in Media to Discuss on March 19
    March 01
    United Negro College Fund Honors Frank Franklin
    February 13
    The Grandeur of Islamic Art to be Showcased at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Feb. 13-May 31
    February 01
    "Breaking Barriers: Louis Armstrong & Civil Rights" Exhibition Opens at Armstrong House Museum
    January 30
    Queens College Salutes Black History Month
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    December 06
    Professor Gregory Rabassa, Translator of Latin American Literature, Receives National Medal of Arts
    November 17
    Math's Newfound Role In Pop Culture Is Celebrated By Queens College Students
    November 14
    Center for the Biology of Natural Systems Receives Funds to Treat 9/11 Clean-Up Workers
    November 07
    Media Advisory for: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2 PM (Eve of Veterans Day)
    October 31
    Wellington Chen, Executive Director of Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation, to Speak at QC Business Forum
    October 24
    QC Students and Elected Officials Will Gather On Oct. 26 To Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence
    October 20
    Orhan Pamuk Wins Nobel Prize for Literature; Will Read at Queens College on November 7
    October 10
    Female Orthodox Jewish Student Travels to Egypt To Learn Arabic Through National Scholarship
    September 26
    QC Educators Bring American History to Life For Public School Teachers and Students
    September 15
    College Opens New Fitness Center to Community
    September 08
    POPSTARS! Exhibit Features Work by Warhol and Other Masters--at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 9/18 - 12/14
    August 17
    Photo Exhibit by Tony Gonzalez, Opening Sept. 12, Combines Vintage Printing with Digital Technologies
    June 26
    Free Queens Jazz Festival Features Jon Faddis, Flamenco, Tango and Art Exhibits on Campus July 30
    June 12
    "Louis Armstrong: American Jazz Icon" Exhibit At Godwin-Ternbach Museum This Summer
    May 15
    Participate in May 18 ABC "American Inventor" TV Show Featuring QC Student Francisco Patino!
    April 27
    Professor Anthony Julian Tamburri Appointed Dean Of John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
    April 24
    Summer Camp Program Begins June 29; Open Houses for Parents and Kids Begin April 19
    March 30
    College Launches Fundraising Campaign With Goal of $100 Million; Nearly $70 Million Raised So Far
    March 17
    New Directors Appointed to Lead Jewish Studies Program and Center for Jewish Studies
    February 10
    Colden Center at Queens College To Be Renamed Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
    January 19
    NYC & Co. Names Louis Armstrong House Museum February's "Cultural Organization of the Month"
    January 05
    "The Fabric of Cultures" Exhibition Explores Ethnicity's Global Influence on Fashion
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    December 15
    College Receives Ford Foundation Award for "Middle East and America" Religious Tolerance Project
    November 17
    Over 270 High School Students Will Attend TIME 2000 Math Conference at Queens College
    November 02
    Korean Artist Explores Asian Ritual in new Exhibition
    October 26
    Actress/Director Lee Grant Here Nov. 6 To Screen & Discuss Her Pivotal Women's Film
    October 18
    Inaugural meeting of the new Queens College Business Forum: “Queens—A Catalyst for Business Success”
    September 22
    Researchers Document Historical Shift Across 20th Century in Prevalence of Female-Female Sex
    September 14
    Nat'l College Guidebooks Give QC Top Grades
    September 07
    New Gifted Children's Program: Come to Sept. 19 Continuing Ed Open House to Lean More!
    August 26
    Center for Jewish Studies Announces Fall Events
    August 26
    Mapping Out City's First Globe School
    July 12
    Walt Whitman Schoolhouse Was on Campus
    June 29
    NY Power Authority "Green Zones" Program Helps Fund Electric Vehicles on Campus
    June 23
    President Muyskens' Statement on Killen Verdict
    May 25
    Open House for Adult Education on June 12
    May 25
    Children's Musical, Jeremy and the Thinking Machine, Premieres at Queens College June 25 and 26
    May 12
    Latino HS Students Use Photography To Improve Math and Literacy Skills
    May 06
    Queens 9th and 10th Graders to Exhibit Their Research at May 12 Science Fair Here
    April 18
    Princeton Review Ranks QC #8 in U.S. As a "Best Value College"
    April 06
    Reading by 3 Queens Poets Laureates at QC April 14
    April 04
    Entrepeneur Conference Speakers
    March 07
    Symposium on Father of Modern Yiddish Literature
    February 16
    Prof. Bittman Named a Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science
    January 31
    Black History Month
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    December 03
    Asian/American Center Forum on Dec. 8
    December 02
    'Tis the Season to Give!
    November 19
    Math Students March in Protest: "We're Not Nerds!"
    October 28
    Professor Benny Kraut Receives Award for Excellence in Teaching
    October 14
    "The College Plays" Premieres Oct. 21
    October 12
    Oct. 23 Conference: Parents and Teachers Speak Out on Authentic Education Reform
    October 06
    Center for Jewish Studies Presents Lectures and Performances in October
    September 24
    Celebrating the Art of Powdermaker Hall
    September 01
    Queens College Rated a "Best Bargain-Public College" and "Top Public University"
    August 26
    Biochemist Bonnie Gersten Wins Prestigious "Watson Investigator Award"
    June 01
    Iwo Jima Veteran Manny Godlberg, 86, Graduates With BA in Music
    May 24
    Elijah Kim: A Passion to Bring Health Care to the World
    May 12
    Congressman Weiner to Speak at Commencement
    April 29
    QC Puppeteers Perform for Hospitalized Children
    April 27
    New Queens Poet Laureate Named
    April 23
    Armstrong House Receives Preservation Award
    April 22
    Queens Poet Laureate Installation April 23
    April 19
    Queens College a Leader in Wireless Access
    April 08
    Renovation of Powdermaker Hall to be Celebrated in April 23 Dedication Ceremony
    April 02
    QC Recognizes Major Gifts from Alumni in Two Dedication Ceremonies
    February 24
    Women's Studies Program To Sponsor Free Conference March 22 on Women and Violence
    January 29
    New Findings From Bowne House Dig
    January 23
    Search is Extended for New Borough Bard
    January 07
    "Discomfiture of Presence" Art Center Exhibition, Feb. 5-April 1
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    December 05
    Search Is on for New Borough Bard
    November 17
    Top Authors at Evening Readings Series
    November 06
    "Third Watch" Actress Saundra McClain To Direct Electra
    November 06
    College Hosts Policy Conference on Regents Exams And Other Required High-stakes Tests
    October 24
    Norman Manea Launches Evening Reading Series
    October 01
    Time 2000: Preparing Future Math Teachers
    September 22
    Queens College Continuing Education Program To Hold Open House on September 22, 2003
    August 28
    CUE Program to Hold Open House September 12 for Adults Age 60 and Over
    August 22
    Queens College Women and Work Program to Hold Two Open Houses in September
    August 18
    “Accent on Asia”: Queens College Asian Festival of Events, October 17 – December 7
    June 24
    Carl Riskin Named Distinguished Professor
    May 16
    Commencement Advisory
    May 16
    Tamara Blain Graduate: Curiosity Leads to a New Life in Computer Science
    May 08
    News Source on Arab-Israeli Affairs
    April 27
    Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel to Speak at Queens College on April 7
    April 17
    The Whydah's Gold, a Sea Opera About a Colonial Pirate Ship, Debuts in Free Concert at Queens College April 30 and May 1
    April 07
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be Presented at Queens College
    March 19
    Researchers to Discuss the Changing Neighborhoods of Queens

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