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Election Day in Afghanistan

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Robert Chatterton Dickson, Deputy Ambassador On Saturday men and women from across Afghanistan voted for a new President. Despite the heat and Taliban intimidation, they came out in their millions. The Independent Election Commission’s initial estimates suggest that up to 7 million people may have voted. This was a critical day in the history of this country and the first ever run-off election in Afghanistan. I feel privileged to have been able to spend … Read more »Election Day in Afghanistan

Two Ceremonies

7th Armoured Brigade takes over in Helmand.

In the last few days I’ve been to two ceremonies pointing to the future in Afghanistan. On Thursday 10 October I was at Camp Bastion in the Helmandi desert to take part in the Transfer of Authority from the British Army’s 1st Mechanised Brigade to its 7th Armoured Brigade (the famous Desert Rats). Read more »Two Ceremonies

A View from Uruzgan

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Robert Chatterton Dickson Acting Ambassador For me nothing represents the progress that’s been made in Afghanistan over the last 12 years better than the sight of a bustling marketplace, filled with life, traders and products of all shapes and sizes. The focus of my work at the Embassy tends to be national and international politics; the key strategic issues that will impact on the future stability and prosperity of Afghanistan. … Read more »A View from Uruzgan

Lifelong Learning in the Helmand PRT

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Belinda Lewis Head of Mission, Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team Hello, I am blogging for the first time in my new role as Head of Mission at Helmand Province Reconstruction Team (HPRT). Before taking up this position I spent 12 months as the PRT’s Director for Rule of Law and Operations, supporting the Helmand Provincial Government to improve its Policing, Justice, Counter Narcotics and Prisons capability and to improve the delivery … Read more »Lifelong Learning in the Helmand PRT

Peace and National Unity Week

The following is a guest post by Robert Chatterton Dickson, Deputy Ambassador. The 20th of September marked the second anniversary of the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former President and ex-Chair of the High Peace Council. He was murdered while working for peace in 2011 by Taliban representatives who’d professed to support reconciliation. Professor Rabbani paid the highest price for his attempts to bring peace to Afghanistan; a sacrifice that has been … Read more »Peace and National Unity Week

Women’s Education in Afghanistan – Beyond the Statistics

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The following is a post by Robert Chatterton Dickson, Deputy Ambassador. As a father of two teenage daughters, girls’ education is a subject close to my heart. That’s why I’ve found it particularly rewarding to have met a whole range of female Afghan students over the last couple of weeks. A few days ago I went to the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). SOLA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to … Read more »Women’s Education in Afghanistan – Beyond the Statistics

Robert Chatterton Dickson reflects on his first week as Deputy Ambassador to Kabul

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I arrived in Kabul a week ago as Deputy Ambassador in the British Embassy. I’ve worked quite extensively on Afghan issues in previous jobs in London, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to learn more about Afghanistan and to help Afghans secure peace and prosperity for their country. I come to Kabul direct from a previous posting as Consul General in Chicago. My main source of information  for the … Read more »Robert Chatterton Dickson reflects on his first week as Deputy Ambassador to Kabul