Instant Issues: Ken Furst’s Impressions of Afghanistan

General John Allen & Ken Furst at International Security Assistance Force command headquarters in Kabul

Ken R. Furst, president of the Momentum Group and Past President of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, had an extraordinary opportunity in March 2012 to participate in a mission to Afghanistan under the auspices of the US Department of State and hosted by Ambassador Ryan Crocker.  Ambassador Crocker arranged for this mission so that a group of independent citizens could meet with Afghan people and officials to get first-hand their views of the current situation in Afghanistan. The Ambassador believes World Affairs Councils are the premier organizations in the U.S. for informing Americans on foreign affairs at the community level. This once in a lifetime opportunity included high level meetings with people representing a broad variety of constituents and activities, including General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, and an unprecedented audience with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Ken will speak at an Instant Issues event on his Impressions of Afghanistan at noon in the Community Room at 1350 Main Street—3rd Floor (Sovereign Bank), downtown Springfield.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich (tuna, turkey or vegetarian), please register on line here or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  RSVP deadline for this event is Monday, April 16, 2012.

During his trip, Ken blogged about his experiences for this website.  He currently serves as chair of the Nominating Committee of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts and also sits on the board of the WFCR Foundation.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by United Bank, Robinson Donovan PC, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, and A. L. Cignoli Company, Our media sponsor is BusinessWest.

About Cynthia Melcher

Cynthia Melcher is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts
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