April 12th, 2013 by Afghan Mission
On Tuesday the 9thÂ of April, AmbassadorÂ ZahirÂ TaninÂ gave a lecture at PrincetonUniversity, at anÂ eventÂ arranged by the Princeton Chapter of the United Nations Associations presidentÂ John VincentÂ andÂ cosponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School. The lecture wasÂ entitled”Left Behind: The United Nations in Post-TransitionÂ Afghanistan”.
TheÂ eventÂ titlesÂ inclusion of â€œleft behindâ€, as explained by AmbassadorÂ Tanin, was to evoke Â thoughts the third movie of Left Behind series in which a UN representative is left to deal with the situation of a post-rapture earth. However, as heÂ outlined,Â this kind ofÂ negative scenario, with the UN left to â€œpick up the piecesâ€ is not one he envisions forÂ post 2014Â Afghanistan.Â He instead described that â€œtransition is a positive time for Afghanistan; it is a time to work with the international community towards normalization, through achieving national ownership and leadership and ending the conflictâ€
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AmbassadorÂ TaninÂ also highlighted the importance of strategic bi-lateral agreements and regional cooperation as Afghanistan moves into the transformation decade from 2015 to 2024.
However, the primary focus of his thoughts was theÂ way in whichÂ Afghanistanâ€™sÂ relationsÂ
Following the AmbassadorsÂ talk he engaged in a lively Q&A session with students on a multitude of issues.Â The video of his entire presentation can be viewed on the Woodrow Wilson School website atÂ http://wws.princeton.edu/