A Report on Dr. Tom G. Palmer’s Visit to Afghanistan and Our 10th Years Anniversary in Advancing of Liberty

The Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) on the occasion of its 10 Years Anniversary in Advancing of Liberty in Afghanistan had the honor to host Dr. Tom G. Palmer, George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty, Executive Vice President for International Programs at Atlas Network, and a board member of the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is an international advocates and scholar for peace, individual liberty and prosperity, who is travelling to all over the world for promotion and supporting of the think tanks and organizations who are working for libertarian ideas. And the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) has the honor of working with Dr. Palmer since its establishment in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is one of the war-torn countries and promotion of the libertarian ideas is very essential. Despite all the challenges which exist for our works in Afghanistan, the last decade was full of achievements for the AELSO’s team; we successfully reached to thousands of people and provided them the opportunities to learn, promote and work for liberty, peace, tolerance and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer, During his speech in our Young Leaders Summit for the Future of Afghanistan

“It had too long since my last personal visit with our esteemed Afghan partner, the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization.  I knew that they had been doing very good work, but I admit that I was amazed and impressed when I saw with my own eyes the progress they have made. They work with the top universities and academics in the country and they engage constructively with a wide range of people in parliament, government, and media. AELSO’s student programs are investing effectively in the future of the country. AELSO is professional, effective, and a pillar of integrity and morality. I am more impressed than ever with the AELSO team and with their work.  They have my confidence, my respect, and my admiration.” Said Dr. Tom G. Palmer.

Based on our annual plan, we invited Dr. Tom G. Palmer from the United States to give speeches and presentations in many prestigious institutions of Afghanistan and as one of the key founder of AELSO celebrate our 10 years’ achievements for freedom and prosperity with us; and in below you can read a brief report from all the events that Dr. Palmer participated and talked about many important issues of the classical liberalism ideas (02 – 05 Dec 2019):

Interview with Pieshgam TV (02 Dec, 2019)

Pieshgam TV is one of the most famous educational private TVs of Afghanistan, that they are producing educational video programs and has a lot of viewers in the country. On the first day and hours of Dr. Palmer’s arrivals in Kabul, he had a wonderful interview with the Pieshgam TV and talked about Free Market & Individual Liberty on one of the educational programs of the TV station. Also beside his interview he had the opportunity to meet with the Director of this TV station along with the owner of the TV Mr. Ahmad Sha Sankdel.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during his talk talk for one of the educational TV programs of Pieshgam TV

Meeting with Dunya University Chancellor and Head of Faculties (02 Dec, 2019)

Dr. Tom G. Palmer & Khalid Ramizy with Mr. Ahmad Sha Sankdel during the meeting

Dunya University is also one of the most prestigious private universities of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) has a long term partnership with this university.

On the Dec 2, 2019 Dr. Palmer along with Mr. Khalid Ramizy, CEO and few other members of AELSO visited this university and met with Mr. Ahamad Shah Sankdel the chancellor and a few other faculties members of this university. On this meeting the both side talked regarding joint cooperation and future programs of AELSO with Dunya University.

 

Meeting with H.E Sayed Khalilullah Anwari, Leader of Harkat Islami Party and the Deputy of Afghanistan’s Parliament (02 Dec, 2019)

Dr. Palmer with Mr. Khalid Ramizy and a few members of AELSO on Dec 02, 2019 met with H.E Sayed Khalilullah Anwari, Leader of Harkat Islami Party which is one of the biggest parties of Afghanistan. The party and their all members devoted their entire life on fighting against communism and former Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

On this meeting H.E Ahmad Shah Ramazan, deputy and Mrs. Helay Ershad, Mrs. Raihana Azad, Mr. Said Muqtader the members of Afghanistan’s parliament were also shared their views to Dr. Palmer that how we can bring peace and liberty in Afghanistan.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during a meeting with H.E Sayed Khalilullah Anwari and a few members of Afghanistan Parliament

 

Seminar on Economic Freedom & Peace at Bakhtar University (02 Dec, 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Dec 02, 2019 Dr. Tom G. Palmer talked about Economic Freedom & Peace at Bakhtar University for a group of students, university lecturers, civil society and human rights activists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Leaders Summit for the Future of Afghanistan (03 Dec, 2019)

The Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) with cooperation of Rana University organized a full day summit under the title of “Young Leaders Summit for the Future of Afghanistan” with the aim of education of the free society values, how youths can work for a better future of Afghanistan by their political, economic and social participation and what are the practical steps to make the future of Afghanistan great in 3rd December 2019 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Key Speakers of the summit

On this summit more than 380 university students, civil and human rights activists, and policy makers participated. also a number of well-known Afghan scholars, politicians, and human rights activist, well known writers and journalist shared their thoughts and views to how we work for the future of Afghanistan in order to be a free and prosperous society.

The Participants of Summit 380+

On this summit we also had the honor of hosting of Dr. Tom G. Palmer, George M. Yeager for Advancing Liberty and an international advocates and scholars who is working for promotion and education of the classical liberal ideas across the world. Dr. Palmer talked about Leadership in a Freedom Movement for the participants of this summit.

The summit was covered by more than 10 national and international media who are working in Afghanistan and they all broadcasted the summit on their many programs.

The summit covers various topics, from the contribution of free markets to prosperity, the importance of human rights and the rule of law, to the connection between religion and individual liberty.

In different group working the young leaders of Afghanistan concluded and presented their ideas for bringing of peace, liberty and prosperity in Afghanistan. 

Meeting with H.E Hamidullah Farooqi, Chancellor of Kabul University (03 Dec, 2019)

Dr. Tom G. Palmer along with Mr. Khalid Ramizy, CEO, Dr. Azim Mommand and Ms. Manizha Ramizy members of AELSO; on Dec 03, 2019 met with H.E Hamidullah Farooqi, Chancellor of Kabul University.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during a meeting with H.E Hamidullah Farooqi

On this meeting Dr. Tom G. Palmer and Mr. Khalid Ramizy talked on behalf of AELSO on how to foster the joint academic cooperation’s of AELSO with Kabul university and also donated 100 copies of the published books of AELSO to the general library of Kabul university. 

During Distributions of Books

Seminar on Liberty, Peace & Prosperity at Dunya University (03 Dec, 2019)

The Afghanistan Economic & Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) jointly with Dunya University organized a seminar on liberty, peace, & prosperity and Dr. Palmer talked about the aforementioned values and ideas for about 200 + students of this university.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during his speech

On this seminar Mr. Khalid Ramizy the CEO of AELSO also talked about our recent published book “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey” book to the audience.

Mr. Khalid Ramizy during his speech about the JG Book

Dr. Palmer and Mr. Ramizy both received two appreciation tokens from the academic board of this university for their hard works on promotion of libertarian ideas.

A visit of Dr. Tom G. Palmer from AELSO’s office and meeting with a few members and Mr. Khalid Ramizy the CEO of AELSO (04 Dec, 2019)

Dr. Tom G. Palmer on Dec 04, 2019 visited the central office of AELSO in Kabul and met with a number of our young and board members and discussed the achievements, challenges and new initiatives of AELSO with Mr. Khalid Ramizy the CEO of AELSO.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer with a few members of AELSO

It’s mentionable that Dr. Palmer and the organizations that he is presenting, supported academically AELSO in last decade to we promote and work for the free society values in Afghanistan.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer discussing about the new initiatives of AELSO with Mr. Khalid Ramizy CEO of AELSO

Interview of Dr. Tom G. Palmer with the Capitalism program of Silk Road Station (04 Dec, 2019)

Silk Road Station is one of our biggest and long-term projects in AELSO and this project is dedicated to educates and enhance the knowledge of Afghan people through presenting of different educational radio programs about market economy and other free society values. In the year of 2019 our programs were not only presented by online streaming system but also broadcasted by 4 national FM radios of Afghanistan and until now approximately our programs listened by more than 600,000 individuals.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during his talk about Free Market Economy at Silk Road Station

Currently the Silk Road Station has 35 radio programs and one of the most famous programs of the station is the Capitalism program which is presenting two times in a week and different scholars are talking about economics issues.

On one of these programs we had the honor to have Dr. Tom G. Palmer as the guest speaker and he talked about Free Market as a tool for bringing of peace, love, & liberty.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during his talk about Free Market Economy at Silk Road Station

 

 

 

 

You can find the mobile apps of our Silk Road Station in App Store and Google Store. 

 

 

 

 

 

A seminar on Economic Liberalism and meeting with chancellor and head of faculties of Rana University (04 Dec, 2019)

Dr. Tom G. Palmer met with chancellor and head of faculties of Rana University and also presented a seminar about Economic Liberalism for them.

During meeting with Rana University

Mr. Sayed Mustafa Sayedy warm welcomed Dr. Palmer to Afghanistan and Rana University and introduced the academic board and faculty members of Rana University to Dr. Palmer and the AELSO’s delegations.  

During meeting with Rana University

 

Dr. Palmer talked in details about economic liberalism and how the lecturers of Rana University can work for promotion of classical liberal ideas in Afghanistan.

Leaders at Rana (04 Dec, 2019)

Leaders at Rana is one of the most prestigious and biggest events of Rana University in Afghanistan which they are inviting well-known politicians and scholars to talk about their different life steps and persuade the Rana students that how they can also follow them as a role model on their life.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer during his talks for the 300+ Students of Rana University

On Dec 04, 2019 Dr. Palmer was the guest speaker of Leaders at Rana and he talked about his life, educational background and how he is now working in the world for promotion of classical liberalism ideas.

Dr. Palmer receiving an appreciation letter and Afghan Chapan

The students and audience asked many questions from Dr. Palmer and at the end of the program Rana University appreciated from all Dr. Palmer’s work in the world and Afghanistan by presenting of a “Chapan” which is an Afghani traditional and an appreciation letter.

10th Anniversary of AELSO, International Human Rights Conference & Introducing of 12 Personalities as Freedom Champions (05 Dec, 2019)

The world knows that Afghanistan was suffered from insecurity and war for a long period and every infrastructure of this community has been destroyed in every aspect especially human rights and freedom, so there is a strong need for advocates and activists to promote liberty and values of free society.

Working for values of free society in a closed and very restricted society like Afghanistan is very difficult and even life-threatening. But we are more than proud to say that, Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) as the leading free market think tank of Afghanistan and by the generous support of our respected donors and partners, has worked hard for the promotion of these high values and has been ultimately successful so far. Over the past 10 years, we have initiated dozens of seminars and workshops on the elimination of violence against women, promotion of free society values, peace and tolerance. We have educated thousands of Afghan youths and created a lot of internship and education opportunities for Afghans to understand their basic rights and work for peace and liberty in the country.

In the past 10 years AELSO accomplished its mission in Afghanistan very successfully, and we are grateful from all those people who supported us and committed to work for the promotion of free market economy, the rule of law, individual freedom, human rights and other free society values in Afghanistan.

On Dec 05, 2019 in a very big event at Queens Palace of Babur Garden’s in Kabul beside the organizing of International Human Rights Conference the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization celebrated from its 10th anniversary in advancing of liberty in Afghanistan with a number of scholars, university students, policy makers, civil society and human rights activist, journalist and the members of AELSO.

Key speakers of the conference

Based on a survey from the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO), we identified 12 personalities as freedom champions and on this event these 12 national and international personalities introduced as Freedom Champions who are working in different countries with a lot of challenges for promotion of liberty.

Freedom Champions Award Winner 2019

 

Mr. M. Khalid Ramizy during his speech

“We worked successfully for promotion and education of free society values in last 10 years. Currently we are one of the top free market think tanks of Afghanistan and we have enhanced the knowledge of thousands of Afghan people in last decade about the free society values. We created opportunities and learn Afghan people to how they can fish not to receive free fishes. Considering the security challenges it is very difficult to work for libertarian ideas in Afghanistan but we are committed to work harder for another/future decade and decades for Afghanistan. Thank you all for being such great supporters of us in last one decade!”. Said M. Khalid Ramizy, CEO of AELSO.

See a Few Highlights from our Key Success in 2019 in here

 

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