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Omar Samad

Omar Samad is CEO of Silkroad Consulting LLC, and former Senior Advisor to Afghanistan’s Chief Executive. He served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada from 2004 to 2009 and as ambassador to France from 2009 to 2011.

The new hope for Afghanistan

Oct 01, 2017

President Donald Trump’s belated Afghanistan policy review and reformulation unveiled last month had three unique characteristics: While expressing “frustration” with “the longest war”, Trump pledged

What’s next for US military engagemen...

May 22, 2017

Over the next few days, US government agencies with the task of reviewing and assessing the next phase of the military mission in Afghanistan will submit

Remember Afghanistan? Let’s take anot...

Nov 10, 2016

Editor’s note: Between 2001 and 2014, Canada fought a war in Afghanistan to help destroy the al Qaeda terrorist organization which had perpetrated the deaths

Afghanistan diary: Still a very difficult t...

Jun 16, 2015

Afghanistan’s national unity government (NUG) is struggling to avoid deadlock while facing serious challenges on several fronts. Afghans are looking for reassurance that the gains

Afghanistan Election

Afghanistan diary: The making of Afghanista...

Jan 22, 2015

The following is the first in a series of occasional reports on developments in Afghanistan by one of that country’s most distinguished former public officials.