U.S. Embassy Kabul Hosts Popular Web Chat

Posted by Rachel L. Cooke
June 24, 2009
Web Chat in Kabul

About the Author: Rachel Cooke serves as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Embassy Kabul’s Election Team – a group of political officers who are assisting Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission on issues such as election security, voter registration and training for voting officials – joined forces with the embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section on June 18 to host a web chat about the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan.

The Political Section’s Lyra Carr and Robert Gerber spent over an hour answering a phenomenal 76 questions, and there were more that we simply couldn’t get to. Over 100 people participated in the web chat. Many of the participates joined the chat from seven Lincoln Centers, small American libraries and cultural centers that provide English language and computer skills classes at no cost to the general public. The Lincoln Centers also host seminars, workshops and fun activities that help their patrons better understand the United States.

The discussion questions touched on topics such as security during and after the elections, the role of the United States, presidential candidates, and ways to ensure that the elections are free, fair and transparent. This is the second web chat on elections to have taken place, with at least one more likely prior to the August 20 election day.



South Korea
June 24, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:


New Mexico, USA
June 28, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:


I look forward to the Afghan people showing the Iranian government how an election ought to be held.

As Ambassador Holbrooke said , our investment in their future is secured in assuring that the Afghan election is free and fair, without showing preference to who wins.

But also in that having a vested interest in the process to assure its fairness in all aspects, we inherently become involved in the process by encouraging debate and good governance.

At least that's the way I interpreted his remarks in testimony before Congressional committee.

If that be "meddling" then I take those accusations to be from quarters that would rather not see the elections be free or fair.

More like we a "mentoring" the process rather than manipulating it.

Kind of like a midwife to the rebirth of a nation.

Keep up the good work.

June 29, 2009

Shihabsakib in Pakistan writes:

My dear RC,
A noval idea in war time deplomacy. I appericiate your sprit for which you volunteering to be online.
Keep the good work, up.

California, USA
June 30, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

What a splendid idea. If we could fund Lincoln Centers by the tens of thousands, how much more fruitful would that be than more weapons systems? I long for the day. And obviously with the inventive work you all are doing, *the day* is dawning. Hurray!

July 13, 2009

Johnson writes:

Its good thing chat with other, we are get a good knowledge,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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