On Monday, Feb. 25 UNO’s Center for Afghanistan Studies welcomed Annie Pforzheimer, Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
During her visit, Pforzheimer met with global engagement leaders at UNO and spoke with students about issues in South and Central Asia, public diplomacy career opportunities and her own life as a diplomat.
“The outreach function for the state department has a couple goals,” Pforzeimer said. “We want to get out and talk to people about U.S. policy and we also want to hear from different perspectives outside of Washington DC.”
Pforzheimer had heard great things about the Center for Afghanistan Studies before her trip, but there were still several things that stood out to her.
“The Center for Afghanistan Studies is well known,” she said. “I was impressed by how they are putting their knowledge to work with current engagement. It’s very practical and applied knowledge and I like the way they have looped in the Afghan-American community and the veterans who served there.”
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