Ending America's Forever War

In light of President Joe Biden's controversial announcement of his intention to end America's "never ending war" on the 20th anniversary of the 9/ll attacks, our distinguished panel will discuss the past, present and possible promise and complications of ending our longest war in a most troubled region.

One of the most concerning results could be ending hard-won women's rights and opportunities. Atta Arghandiwal was an Afghan refugee , a U.S. banker. a consultant in Afghanistan and dedicated to helping refugees there and everywhere. Humaira Ghilzai, a writer, speaker and women’s advocate, co-founded the Afghan Friends Network and instituted the Sister City relationship between Hayward, CA and Ghazni, Afghanistan.


Celia Menczel


MLF: Middle East

Main image by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, U.S. Army; Arghandiwal photo by Edreece Arghandiwal.


Speaker TBA

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Atta Arghandiwal

Humanitarian; Author, The Self-Sufficient Global Citizen

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Humaira Ghilzai

Writer; Speaker; Women’s Advocate; Co-Founder, Afghan Friends Network

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Banafsheh Keynoush

Ph.D., Vice Chair, Commonwealth Club Middle East Member-Led Forum—Moderator