Abdul Nasir Folad, a graduate of a USIP peacebuilding course, leads a peace education workshop in Herat. Folad uses a web of string as a model of communications among groups in a conflict. (Photo: Abdul Nasir Folad)

Afghan Universities Build a Movement Against Extremism

Fifteen years after the overthrow of the Taliban regime, Afghanistan’s university student population has ballooned, and its roughly 50 universities form a critical arena in the struggle for the country’s future. Yet Afghan universities have lacked courses or student organizations dedicated to opposing extremist ideas and to building peace across the ethnic, sectarian and other divides exploited by militant groups.