On 5 June 2014, UNU will host “From Failed Interventions to a New Economic Strategy for Afghanistan”, a conversation with Graciana del Castillo, influential economist, accomplished scholar and author. This event will start from 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Graciana del Castillo’s most recent book, Guilty Party: The International Community in Afghanistan, is a penetrating analysis of the current crisis in Afghanistan and the myriad forces shaping the country’s post-conflict transition. Del Castillo will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to discuss how Afghanistan’s political and security transitions since 9/11 have outpaced economic and social transitions, steering Afghanistan into a vicious cycle of insecurity and international aid dependency.
From the perspective of del Castillo’s recent experience in Afghanistan and her decades of economic advisory roles with countries in crisis, the conversation will explore how to help Afghanistan break free from conflict and dependence and move toward a virtuous future of genuine investment, rural development, employment opportunities and improved livelihoods.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 4 June) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Graciana del Castillo is an expert on countries in crises, including those affected by conflict, natural disasters and financial collapse. She was senior research scholar, adjunct professor of economics and international affairs, and associate director of the Center for Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. In the early 1990s, she was the first senior economist in the Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General, involved in ongoing post-conflict operations in Central America, Asia, and Africa. In that capacity, she designed the arms-for-land program for El Salvador, credited with bringing the peace process back on track.
She continued work on countries at war or post-conflict at the IMF, participated in jump-starting Kosovo’s economy as economic policy advisor to the UN administrator, moderated a major donors’ meeting on Timor-Leste at the IMF-World Bank annual meetings in Prague, worked on the DRC at the OECD Development Center, participated in USAID bids for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and Iraq; and advised Tamil Tiger and Syrian opposition groups on planning for post-conflict economic reconstruction.
She was also director at S&P Sovereign Ratings and the Centennial Group, and senior consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Institute for Peace and the UNU-WIDER. She is a founding partner of the Macroeconomic Advisory Group and a member of several boards, including the Council of the University for Peace. With a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University (1986), she is the author of Rebuilding-War Torn States (Oxford University Press, 2008); her academic and press articles have appeared in top economic and political journals and more than 70 newspapers worldwide.
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