Firouzeh Afsharnia
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A Special Relationship: Musings of a Hyphenated American...

The Washington-AIPAC love-fest season is once again upon us.   The New York Times’ featured article sports a picture of Biden and Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, in loving embrace pledging support and allegiance, unconditional and eternal. Kiss! Kiss!All talk of settlement freeze is shelved for the moment as the most formidable Washington Lobby – for all intent and purposes, agents of a foreign country – push for yet more resolutions choking Iran; seek blanket agreement for congressional…See More
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Gaza: A Fundamentalist's Guide to Gravity

Gaza: A fundamentalist’s guide to Gravity By: Firouzeh AfsharniaA few years ago I was traveling through Africa and found my self in a rickety cab. As I bounced up and down in the lumpy back seat, shifting spots to avoid the broken springs and whatever was festering in the exposed paddings, another passenger got in and sat in the front seat.  He was in a jovial mood and had just passed some sort of certification exam.  “I passed! I passed!” He declared.First I thought it was a college exam, or…See More
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Angel J Avila commented on Firouzeh Afsharnia's blog post Last Encore at the United Nations: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad Square Off
"Excellently written"
Oct 9, 2012
Firouzeh Afsharnia commented on Firouzeh Afsharnia's blog post Last Encore at the United Nations: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad Square Off
"I think the objective is simply "regime change".  there is nothing else on their plate.   and the US has the election-AIPAC confluence to deal with.   "
Oct 9, 2012
Suchith Abeyewickreme commented on Firouzeh Afsharnia's blog post Last Encore at the United Nations: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad Square Off
"I'm also curious to know of your thoughts on the impact of US foreign policy in all this? is there any comments you would like to add to the analysis considering the dynamics the US brings in to the conflict. "
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"I like your views madam, nice sharing. "
Oct 7, 2012
Firouzeh Afsharnia posted a blog post

Last Encore at the United Nations: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad Square Off

“I speak on behalf of an angry people...” — Mahmoud Abbas at the 67th UN General Assembly address.The yearly orations and political posturing at the disempowered assembly hall of the United Nations are over. Once again the elected and non-elected leaders of the new world order used their thirty minutes in the sun to lecture, to scare, to grandstand, to remind, and in the case of the Palestinians, to implore for justice in front of a powerless yet sympathetic audience which has been forced to…See More
Oct 7, 2012
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Eric Ham commented on Firouzeh Afsharnia's blog post Existential Threats and Trayvon Martin: The bumper sticker politics of fear
"Thank you for sharing this insightful and very provocative essay. Your ability to incorporate global policy into, what many see as largely a domestic issue is nothing short of amazing"
Apr 17, 2012

Profile Information

Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I have a diverse background, having traveled in over 50 countries, and lived in 5 on different continents. I have a Masters in Business Administration, as well as a Masters in International Service, with a focus on Africa, conflict and development and speak several languages.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
My expertise is mostly in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, although I have also worked in Tajikistan and Nepal.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
USA - Los Angeles
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Independent Consultant - Development and Conflict
How many years professional experience do you have ?
6-10
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://www.conflicttalk.com
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
French, Persian
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, Development, Facilitation, Gender, Media, Peacekeeping, Rule of Law, Transparency, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Program Administration, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
DR Congo, the Great Lakes region, Sudan
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
I have been published on "The Daily Beast"; "Levantine Review" and "Rahavard"

Firouzeh Afsharnia's Blog

A Special Relationship: Musings of a Hyphenated American...

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 5:41pm 0 Comments

The Washington-AIPAC love-fest season is once again upon us.   The New York Times’ featured article sports a picture of Biden and Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, in loving embrace pledging support and allegiance, unconditional and eternal. Kiss! Kiss!

All talk of settlement freeze is shelved for the moment as the most formidable Washington Lobby – for all intent and purposes, agents of a foreign country – push for yet more resolutions choking Iran; seek blanket agreement for…

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Gaza: A Fundamentalist's Guide to Gravity

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:15pm 0 Comments

Gaza: A fundamentalist’s guide to Gravity

By: Firouzeh Afsharnia

A few years ago I was traveling through Africa and found my self in a rickety cab. As I bounced up and down in the lumpy back seat, shifting spots to avoid the broken springs and whatever was festering in the exposed paddings, another passenger got in and sat in the front seat.  He was in a jovial mood and had just passed some sort of certification exam.  “I passed! I passed!” He declared.

First…

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Last Encore at the United Nations: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad Square Off

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 3:12am 4 Comments

“I speak on behalf of an angry people...” — Mahmoud Abbas at the 67th UN General Assembly address.

The yearly orations and political posturing at the disempowered assembly hall of the United Nations are over. Once again the elected and non-elected leaders of the new world order used their thirty minutes in the sun to lecture, to scare, to grandstand, to remind, and in the case of the Palestinians, to implore for justice in front of a powerless yet…

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At 3:40pm on April 23, 2012, Meera Patel said…

Believe this would be of interest to you: www.beatingthebomb.com

A historical documentary charting ‘The Bomb’ from 1941 to present day, framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. It is about war, foreign policy, vested interests, nuclear weapons and the fight against them.

Made as a non commercial project to increase awareness on issues (un)der reported by the mainstream media – it’s available as a FREE RESOURCE for educational and campaigning purposes.

 

At 12:14pm on June 12, 2011, Vanessa Kulick said…
Ah, thank you Firouzeh!  Unfortunately, I think I will have to wait a couple years until I apply for a Director position.  I have heard of tearfund, they do really interesting work.  I will sign up on your site!
At 11:17am on June 11, 2011, Vanessa Kulick said…
Hi Firouzeh!  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and your kind words!  I see you have lived a career I very much hope to follow!   Also, I love Conflict Talk!  Awesome work.  I will definitely follow you! Any advice for trying to find work in DRC? Best, Vanessa
At 11:25pm on March 9, 2011, Khageshor Dhakal said…
Hello friend,

I am from nepal and working in the field of peace and reconciliation through different organization. I read your profile of peace and colarative network. You have experience on on diverse field of peace than i sent you the friend request please accept my request than we will able to share our experience.

Thanks
Khageshor Dhakal
khageshor@yahoo.com
At 9:51am on January 7, 2011, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family, this was a teaching of our indian culture and traditional.
we created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realize that we are one and we naturally interconnected with each other ,which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any discrimination,religion, boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violence .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for look after the wellbeing of all living life.
shyam
At 2:17pm on November 2, 2010, Andrew Benson Greene said…
It will be great to connect with you for peace and collaborative development
At 11:23am on August 24, 2010, Mugisho Ndabuli Theophile said…
Firouzeh, nice to find you here. I am the founder of a DRC based new organization. We cover the Great Lakes Region area and we are seeking support as to help women and girls who are often victims of household violence and violence due to warfare. We want to raise the awareness of violence in this part of Africa, train women, girls and children in human rights, peace and see how to help them generate small income from their own initiatives. We have no web yet but we are hosted by http:// www. asafeworldforwomen.org
At 11:23am on August 11, 2010, Ruairi Nolan said…
Great blog - I look forward to following it - especially enjoyed the Rwanda and DRC posts, having recently visited both. I've added a link on our blogroll: http://www.insightonconflict.org/blog/

If you can link back to Inisight on Conflict too, that would be much appreciated.

Best, Ruairi
At 3:28pm on August 10, 2010, Ruairi Nolan said…
Absolutely - do you want to send me through the link? Thanks, Ruairi
At 11:03am on August 10, 2010, Ruairi Nolan said…
Hi Firouzeh, nice to make your acquaintance! We have a fair amount of information on DRC on Insight on Conflict that might of interest to you after your time working there on peacekeeping. Best wishes, Ruairi
 
 
 

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