On Tuesday, September 12th, AIC welcomed Dr. Maliha Chishti, who spoke on “Islam, Pluralism, & Liberal Peacebuilding in Afghanistan.” She opened with a thought-provoking question on “Why liberal peacebuilding by way of international interventions seem to fail?” She went on to discuss the myriad of statistics that reveal that western aid outside of development work, do little to build conflict-torn countries. Dr. Chishti believes that the giving of aid is more ideological than humanitarian or developmental in its process and implementation. She advocates for a more pluralistic standpoint when discussing ways to provide aid that will be beneficial and helpful to those needing it. She urges for a democratization of the peacebuilding process where local Afghans are invited to take part in the aid discussion with international partners, as their voices are currently not included. More than that, she suggests not getting involved at all and allowing for local and/or non-profit organizations both within and outside their borders to address the concerns of its citizens in a healthy and insightful way.
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00pm Light Refreshments; 6:30pm Talk
Where: Conference Hall, Main Bldg, American Islamic College