Vladimir Potanin (Chairman)
President, Interros Holding Company
Dr. Sc. (Technology), Director General, Konstruktorskoye Buro-1 JSC
President, Industrial Investors Group
Dr. Sc. (Economics), Chairman, Board of Directors, Sistema Joint Stock Financial Corporation; Member of the Russian Engineering Academy and International Academy of Communications
Once again, the modern Afghan urban tradition is fighting for its life against a rural Islamist insurgency. Once again, the state is overwhelmingly dependent on aid from a foreign great power for its continued survival.
Twenty-five years have passed since the Russians finally pulled out of Afghanistan: long enough to look back with some objectivity, and to draw parallels with the war which the Americans have been fighting there since 2001.