Recap: METIS Sponsor of Rebuild Afghanistan Summit

On March 28, 2014, at the School of International Studies (SAIS) for Johns Hopkins University, the Rebuild
Afghanistan Summit, sponsored by METIS, held a symposium presenting  emerging business, social, and policy trailblazers who are
leading Afghanistan’s transformation. The conference attendees had a wide variety of specific interests in Afghanistan but were focused on one aspect – the need to look beyond 2014 to a new and rising Afghanistan. METIS Program Manager Bradford Pupello organized and directed the event, and METIS President Michael Waltz served as a panelist.

For a detailed recap of the summit, please see the Rebuild Afghanistan Summit newsletter here.

Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond Summit: March 28

Rebuild Afghanistan Summit (RAS) Washington DC is proud to announce the Afghanistan 2014 & Beyond: Economic Growth and Stability Summit, to be held at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on March 28, 2014.

NYTimes – U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan could hurt CIA drone program

“WASHINGTON – The risk that President Obama may be forced to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year has set off concerns inside the American intelligence agencies that they could lose their air bases used for drone strikes against Al Qaeda in Pakistan and for responding to a nuclear crisis in the region.

Until now, the debate here and in Kabul about the size and duration of an American-led allied force in Afghanistan after 2014 had focused on that country’s long-term security. But these new concerns also reflect how troop levels in Afghanistan directly affect long-term American security interests in neighboring Pakistan, according to administration, military and intelligence officials.”

Laura Bush op-ed: “Afghan women’s gains are at risk”

Twelve years ago this week, the Taliban regime retreated from Kabul. Children were finally free to fly kites, women emerged from behind their burqas and girls could again dream of going to school. Women and girls have made hard-won advancements. Afghan women have seats in parliament, run businesses and even serve as police officers and park rangers.

In its treatment of women, the Taliban was one of the most brutal regimes the world has ever known. That legacy lingers in even the most basic aspects of life.

Foreign Policy Magazine article by METIS’ own Melissa Skorka

“Managing Afghanistan’s nascent industrial base will be critical as the nation attempts to build a modern economy that is increasingly less dependent on foreign aid. Today, there is great room for optimism as Afghanistan moves toward the post-transition period. Despite having a GDP that was made up almost entirely of outside aid in 2011 and 2012, certain industries — including the Afghan telecommunications, agricultural, and mining sectors — have begun to demonstrate remarkable growth and potential, leading to the vital stability needed for a viable, diversified marketplace.

Experts estimate that Afghanistan holds deposits of $1 trillion to $3 trillion of oil, gas, gold, copper, iron ore, and other natural resources. Of this subset, perhaps the most intriguing is the country’s marble industry, which is further along in its exploitation than other areas, and whose emergence is an instructive success story on seeding enterprise in the war zone. As commodity cycles turn, prices increase, and large-scale resource extraction projects scale up, Afghanistan is focusing on the industry as an anchor for the development of its resource corridor. According to the Afghanistan Investment and Support Agency, the Afghan marble industry has expanded by 60 percent since 2008, a growth that has positives effects on other industries as well.”