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Diplomats to discuss Afghan election, Oct. 21

Diplomats and scholars will discuss Afghanistan's presidential election and the country's future at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Afghanistan held its first popular presidential election Oct. 9, and current interim leader Hamid Karzai holds a substantial lead as the votes are being counted. Karzai was chosen as interim leader of the war-torn nation in December 2001.

Panelists will include Said Tayeb Jawad, the Afghan ambassador to the United States; Robert Finn, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and currently a visiting professor at Princeton; Michael Schmunk, a former German envoy to Afghanistan and now visiting diplomat in residence at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin; and Mufit Ozdes, former Turkish ambassador to Afghanistan.

The panel will be chaired by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, director of the University's Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination , which is sponsoring the event along with the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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