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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A Note From the Kroc School on Afghanistan

Written by Kroc School

The rapid fall of the government of Afghanistan and the deteriorating security, political and humanitarian situation in the country are causes of deep concern for everyone committed to human rights and human security around the world. The Kroc School of Peace Studies expresses its support for and solidarity with all Afghans. We are especially concerned for the fate of people who have been working for peace and social justice through many decades of war, violence, and foreign intervention. We want to acknowledge the incredible work of our Afghan alumni and peacebuilding partners, and we stand ready to support them as they continue with their vital peacebuilding work. 

As a US-based institution of peace and justice, we strive to understand, together with our students and partners, the role that we as individuals and the US as a country can play to further peace around the world. The situation in Afghanistan is a matter of global importance and requires a broad-based response to address immediate human rights and humanitarian concerns alongside efforts to ensure a rapid political transition. We call on the United States, its international partners, and the United Nations to bear responsibility for this moment and help address the terrible crisis happening there. We cannot leave behind thousands of Afghans who worked closely with the US and its allies and who might need to be evacuated and protected. We are particularly concerned about the future of Afghan women and girls under a Taliban regime, reversing decades of progress. We call on peacebuilders around the world to raise their voices and join efforts in support of women’s rights and other human rights in Afghanistan.

— The Kroc School Team

Watch the Kroc School's Director of Impact:Peace Rachel Locke speak with San Diego's ABC 10 News about ways the U.S. can support Afghanistan from a peacebuilding perspective.

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The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) launched in 2001 with a vision of active peacebuilding. In 2007, the Kroc IPJ became part of the newly established Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, a global hub for peacebuilding and social innovation. The core of the Kroc IPJ mission is to 
co-create learning with peacemakers — learning that is deeply grounded in the lived experience of peacemakers around the world, that is made rigorous by our place within a university ecosystem and that is immediately and practically applied by peacemakers to end cycles of violence.

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