Life as an ex-pat

Posted By: Erica Most of my blogs have focused on work issues, but my CIVIC colleagues have encouraged me to post a bit on life in Kabul.  Contrary to the perceptions of some of my friends and family, I don’t hear bombs or see the ongoing conflict on a daily basis. Life in Kabul for…

Bureaucratic obstacles…

Posted By: Erica I’ve shared several stories so far about those who have benefitted from the USAID-funded Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP), such as Masood and Hazi. As mentioned before, though, this is not the only program benefitting civilians in Afghanistan. In late 2006, several NATO countries chipped in to fund the Post-Operations Humanitarian Relief…

The ISAF Conference

Posted By: Erica On Monday I attended an ISAF-sponsored conference focused on Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT). The three-day conference is designed to orient a new rotation of PRT commanders to Afghanistan, and to allow existing commanders to touch base with ISAF leaders, government officials, or other organizations relevant to their work. They reserve one day…

A Background on Israel and Lebanon

In July of 2006, members of the terrorist group Hezbollah entered Israel and killed several Israeli soldiers, kidnapping two others. Israel responded to the attack with aerial strikes throughout Lebanon. Members of Hezbollah then retaliated with rocket attacks, launching the Israel and Lebanon into a full-scale war that lasted four weeks. Trapped in the middle…