News from yesterday that Gen. Abdul Raziq, age 39, the Afghan police chief responsible for security in southern Afghanistan, was killed during a meeting at the Governor’s Palace in the province of Kandahar, brought back many memories: Indeed, my final meeting with senior Afghan officials several years ago involved Gen. Raziq and took place in the same compound where he Read more
Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan ambassador in Washington, came to Georgia in early April with an optimistic message of further cooperation with the U.S., emphasizing the strengthening of people-to-people relationships and educational ties. To counter the negative assessments of the conflicts among the government leaders, the continued security concerns, corruption, the gap between the rich Read more
After having read “The Kite Runner” by the same author my expectations were high. I can’t say “A Thousand Splendid Suns” took my breath away to the same extent as its precursor, but it sure did leave a powerful impression.
As some policy makers call for U.S. boots on the ground in the crucial battle against the Islamic State in Tikrit, Iraq, a University of Chicago scholar warned of exacerbating one of the main causes of suicide bombings in the Middle East and around the world. Robert Pape, a political science professor, argues that despite the focus on Islamic Read more
Central Georgia Technical College in Macon is one of two two-year schools selected to help rebuild Afghanistan’s education system. The college was chosen under a broader $93 million U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department grant, which will be administered by University of Massachusetts. According to a media advisory, UMass chose the college because Read more
Former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, who after having served two decades in the Congress, joined the Atlanta office of the global law firm DLA Piper LLP in January. But his concern for the economic future of the country and its security is undiminished. During a luncheon address to the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta Feb. 24, Read more
Macon native Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, who currently is the USAID regional mission director for Central Asia, received the Christian A. Herter Award for constructive dissent on June 18 in Washington. The Christian A. Herter awards are the only awards in the federal government that honor dissent.
Note: Opher Aviran is the consul general of Israel to the Southeast United States, based in Atlanta. He believes that Gov. Nathan Deal’s June 21-26 business mission to his country will invigorate already strong ties that have led to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for Georgians and their companies. On Sunday, May 18, Read more
While death and taxes remain constants, the financial planning needs of individuals with investable assets of $250,000 and more are greater than ever, according to SunTrust Banks Inc.’s Allison Dukes. As the private wealth management line of business executive for the bank with assets of $175.3 billion, Ms. Dukes has announced the availability of the Read more
Since Russia put the ‘R’ in the BRIC emerging-market acronym, few of the foreign companies that have flocked there can say they’re succeeding, Coca-Cola Co.‘s president for Russia, Belarus and Ukraine said Oct. 23 in Atlanta. With 15 years of experience in the country, Coke has the benefit of hindsight, but more important in the past Read more