Rafeeuddin Ahmed, F56, discusses some of his 21 years as Under Secretary General of the UN

Fletcher Features February 3, 2011 As Fletcher students returned recently from discussing careers with alumni at the United Nations in New York, retired Under-Secretary General of the UN, Rafeeuddin Ahmed, F56, recounts his involvement in the Iranian hostage crisis of 1980, more recent UN activities, as well as his Fletcher connections through the years in an interview with his grand-nephew, Imaduddin Ahmed, F11. Imaduddin Ahmed: Amongst your several Under-Secretary roles spanning 21 years, you were Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Trusteeship and Decolonization. You served as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Secure the Release of the Crew of the … Continue reading Rafeeuddin Ahmed, F56, discusses some of his 21 years as Under Secretary General of the UN

America’s face to Muslims

Fletcher Features Farah Pandith, F95, sworn into the position of US Department of State Special Representative to Muslim Communities by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Imaduddin Ahmed | June 18, 2010 Tufts University Fletcher School graduate Farah Pandith spearheads US President Barack Obama’s initiative to launch a ‘new beginning’ with Muslim communities “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, … Continue reading America’s face to Muslims

Unraveling the World’s Best-Kept Secret

Fletcher Features Imaduddin Ahmed | March 23, 2010 Medium-sized investments in sub-Saharan enterprises will help develop the region more than hand-outs, and return profit, say London financier and Kampala-industrialist In 1995, New York had more mobiles than the entire continent of Africa. This year, in spite of the low GDP per capita of the continent, it will have as many mobile phones as the USA. Nigeria, according to UNESCO, produces more feature films than the USA. More than 80% of African countries are politically stable, and the average return on foreign investment into Africa is about 30%. Yet, in the … Continue reading Unraveling the World’s Best-Kept Secret

Conversations with the CEO: A profile of Richard Thoman, F67, F69, F71

Fletcher Features February 26, 2010 Imaduddin Ahmed, F11, talks with the Chairman of the Fletcher Master of International Business program and a former Fletcher alumnus about how he came to lead the world’s largest corporations The former CEO of Xerox, CFO of IBM, President of Nabisco and co-CEO of American Express Travel Related Services, Professor Richard Thoman isn’t the least qualified person to converse with Fletcher students about ‘Managing the Global Corporation’, a class he offers in the fall semester. Thoman came to Fletcher a McGill graduate intending on joining the diplomatic service. He passed his exams. But that’s when … Continue reading Conversations with the CEO: A profile of Richard Thoman, F67, F69, F71

What happened at Copenhagen and why China didn’t cooperate

The Friday Times (Pakistan) Imaduddin Ahmed | Jan 8, 2010 With China projected by Goldman Sachs to overtake the US as the largest economy by 2030, the way for the US to remain the most dominant force in global politics will be by having China sign itself into US-led global governance structures The generally accepted view among the scientific community is that human activity, through greenhouse emissions (mainly in the form of carbon dioxide), has contributed significantly to global warming. Global warming isn’t irrelevant. According to the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Pakistan can expect floods and rock … Continue reading What happened at Copenhagen and why China didn’t cooperate

Fortuneteller – Imaduddin Ahmed, F11, Interviews Professor Vali Nasr, F84

Fletcher Features Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School Vali Nasr, F84, and Senior Advisor to Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, talks to Imaduddin Ahmed, F11, about his newest book,Forces of Fortune. What is the central … Continue reading Fortuneteller – Imaduddin Ahmed, F11, Interviews Professor Vali Nasr, F84

Contrasting memories of pre and post-Partition Lahore – Rehana Bano Bokhari

The Friday Times I remember that pre-Partition, my two elder sisters studied at the co-ed FC College. Post-Partition, when I finished high school, Ab Ji, Maulana Salahuddin Ahmed, did not want me to go to a coeducational college because he … Continue reading Contrasting memories of pre and post-Partition Lahore – Rehana Bano Bokhari

Lambs to the slaughter

The Friday Times | Imaduddin Ahmed meets the family of Nadeem, a victim of Basant Spring fesitvals celebrate fertility, birth and renewal. Basant, for some families, is different. This year Akhtar Bibi and her family will be marking the first year death anniversary of their son, Nadeem Pasha, who would now be 19. On 26th February 2006, Nadeem, the youngest of eight brothers and sisters, ventured into Lahore with friends from Chung village off Multan Road. This was the second of 14 days that the Supreme Court lifted its ban on kites that year. He was going to Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He … Continue reading Lambs to the slaughter