Jamal Abdi is Executive Director of NIAC Action, a grassroots, civic action organization based in Washington D.C
Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir has been Head of Department of Foreign Relations at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) since 2006.
In the post-Harper Canada, the country has an opportunity to once again exert its long-sought influence in various aspects of international affairs and put on display Canada’s soft power. Iran is one such area where Canada can show leadership and make a difference.
By Reza Akhlaghi Concepts & Thoughts Toronto, Ontario—Canada’s controversial sale of armoured fighting vehicles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the tune of $15 billion was a display of strategic disarray in Canadian foreign policy under the government of the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Washington–ForeignPolicyConcepts Sheldon Himelfarb is the President and CEO of the PeaceTech Lab. The Lab was created by the U.S. Institute of Peace to further advance USIP’s work at the intersection of technology, media, and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world.
New York City–After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, voices began to rise up within the Islamic world, calling for young men to travel to Afghanistan to defend their Muslim brothers and sisters. Many heeded the call, and it is estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 foreign fighters – known as “Arab Afghans” – traveled to Afghanistan to fight the Red Army. After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988, many of these foreign mujahideen remained active, with some remaining in Afghanistan, and others returning to their home countries as folk heroes.