The NYU School of Professional Studies, Center for Global Affairs, in response to the August 2021 Taliban take-over of Afghanistan, created an Afghan Crisis Scholarship. The Scholarship supports Afghan evacuees whose graduate studies in disciplines related to international relations/global affairs were either interrupted by the Taliban take-over, or would be impossible under the Taliban regime.
The Center for Global Affairs is pleased to announce the three Afghan Crisis Scholarships awardees, selected from a wide range of applicants.
As the Taliban re-captured Kabul, life for progressive voices like Farahnaz and those who had worked in the Afghan government, U.S. government, and other organizations became very difficult. Facing a choice between life and death, Farahnaz was once again forced to leave her home country with a heavy heart and immigrated to United States in August last year in search of peace and new opportunities.
Yahya was a member of a steering group to develop a five-year global strategy on “Inclusion of youth in the peace process” as a part of UN Youth Envoy, Search for Common Ground, and United Network of Young Peacebuilders initiative. Also, as a fellow of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, he and nine other experts recently developed a global toolkit for atrocity prevention.
Yahya has been awarded the Honorary Medal twice, in 2017 and 2019, by Afghanistan National Olympic Committee, and has received an appreciation letter from the former First Lady of Afghanistan for his services to the youth community. He was also nominated for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Award 2018. In 2021, he was invited to speak at the High-Level Panel on the 5th anniversary of UNSCR 2250.
Most recently, Yahya was invited, as a youth representative, to participate at the opening ceremony of the “High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Process” along with the UN Secretary-General, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and First-Lady of Colombia. The High-Level Global Conference was moderated by UN Youth Envoy. He is also the author of several articles in the context of politics, diplomacy, security, and youth for well-known publications, journals, and organizations.
Despite all the odds, Shkula is still hopeful for Afghanistan. She belongs to a war zone country and will utilize her knowledge as a student of Global Affairs in areas such as conflict resolution, conflict prevention, human rights protection, and transitional justice. Furthermore, studying a master's of Global Affairs will enable Shkula to challenge the male dominated politics in Afghanistan.