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Global Perspectives on Democracy - Afghanistan

Charlottesville, Virginia

June 6-25, 2011
July 3-23, 2011
June 4-23, 2012
July 2-21, 2012

As part of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' U.S./Afghanistan Partnership Program, the University of Virginia Center for Politics in partnership with Relief International is pleased to host Global Perspectives on Democracy – Afghanistan (GPD – Afghanistan).

This program will bring 68 professionals from the judicial and public service sectors of Afghanistan together with professionals from the Charlottesville area to develop cross cultural relationships and professional skills that will positively impact people's lives and result in stronger ties between the two nations. This series of exchanges will be hosted at the University of Virginia and throughout the city of Charlottesville. Delegates will also learn about the foundations of American history, government, rule of law, pluralism, and freedom of expression on the Grounds of the university founded by President Thomas Jefferson and at sites throughout Virginia.

The course schedule includes job shadowing, workshops featuring special guest speakers and Center for Politics staff, site visits, peer gatherings and more. Each speaker session will conclude with an open question and answer opportunity where the delegate will be encouraged to ask questions based on the presentation as well as on related issues that their nation or region may face. The delegates will finish the exchange with thoroughly enhanced knowledge of American workplace practices, a greater understanding of American history and culture, and stronger ties between our peoples and nations.

The GPD – Afghanistan Syllabi below include full schedules for the 2011 delegations while at the University of Virginia.

Key Center for Politics staff connected to GPD – Afghanistan include:

For questions about the content, planning and execution of this program contact Daman Irby (, 434-243-8475) or Meg Heubeck (, 434-982-5726).

Participants, view the average weather conditions and our suggested packing list.

Participants visit the following travel related links:

It is standard procedure to be photographed and fingerprinted when going through U.S. Customs.

Other important links include:

The participants will lodge during their time in Charlottesville at The Cavalier Inn located adjacent to university grounds.

The Cavalier Inn
105 N. Emmet St.
Charlottesville, VA 22093-1728

Participants may receive mail at the hotel address or at the University of Virginia Center for Politics address which follows:

c/o Daman Irby
University of Virginia Center for Politics
PO Box 400806
Charlottesville, VA 22904