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Sex, Drugs and Rule of Law: Supporting Civil Society and Equal Rights in Afghanistan

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Photo caption: Jim Dehart, left, an advisor from the U.S. Department of State, Jim Hoffman, right, an agricultural adviser from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and members of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team meet with Afghan locals on a hill top in the Anaba District of Panjshir Province, Afghanistan on Jan. 02, 2010. PRT members were surveying a possible location for a water reservoir. One of the problems within the Panjshir Province is the lack of potable water. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released) 

Afghanistan produces over 80 percent of the world’s illicit opiates – creating a toxic shadow economy that fuels corruption and insecurity, bankrolls insurgency, and undermines public health and the safety of women and children. Jim DeHart, Director of Afghanistan-Pakistan Programs in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, discusses how his office invests in civil society, capacity building of the Afghan government, and public education to promote the rule of law and an Afghan economy less reliant on the drug trade. How is the State Department supporting the Afghan people, particularly women and children, in their efforts to access justice? Can a more holistic approach to partnership with the Afghan Government benefit both long-term stability and to U.S. interests in South and Central Asia?

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Jim DeHart is Director of Afghanistan-Pakistan Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Department of State. He has been a career Foreign Service Officer since 1993, specializing in political affairs.  In July 2013, he completed an assignment as Director of the Office of Afghanistan Affairs. From 2009-2010, he served in Panjshir, Afghanistan as director of the only civilian-led U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the country. Jim was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University from 2007-2008 where he taught a graduate-level course on NATO enlargement and wrote for publication. Previously, he served as Director for Central Asia on the National Security Council Staff at the White House and as Deputy Director for Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department. He has worked for two Under Secretaries of State as Special Assistant for Europe and Eurasia and served overseas at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; in Melbourne, Australia; and in Istanbul, Turkey. He also served as desk officer for Greece and in the State Department Operations Center. Jim holds a B.A. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and a Masters in International Affairs from The Elliott School at George Washington University.


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