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Afghan ambassador to U.S. to speak at BYU Dec. 8

His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad

"Afghanistan: Security, Development, and Relations with the U.S." will be the topic of an Ambassadorial Insights Lecture presented by His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad, Afghan ambassador to the U.S., on Monday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the David M. Kennedy Center conference room, 238 Herald R. Clark Building, at Brigham Young University.

Jawad was appointed ambassador to the U.S. in 2003, having previously served as chief of staff for Afghan President Hamid Karzai as well as the president’s spokesman, press secretary and as director of the office of international relations at the presidential palace (2001–03).

During his tenure as chief of staff to President Karzai, Jawad was responsible for formulating policies, building national institutions, prioritizing reforms, and implementing the president’s directives.

Fluent in English, German, French, Farsi, and Pashto, Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Istiglal in Kabul and studied law and political science at Kabul University.

In 1980, after the Soviet invasion, he went into exile in Germany, where he studied law at the Westfaelishe Wilhelms University. In 1986, he relocated to New York to work for a Wall Street firm and in 1989, moved to San Francisco and received an executive master’s of business administration degree from Golden Gate University.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on David M.Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.

Writer: Lee Simons

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