A Presidential Test

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From remarks by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani '81SIPA, '82GSAS, the president of Afghanistan, at a World Leaders Forum event on campus on March 26.

The type of situation that I face is leadership under conditions of near total uncertainty. I don’t know which days of the week I will be holding mangled bodies of children in my arms. I don’t know which days of the week women walking to school are going to be murdered. I do not know which day of the month a natural disaster will fall, creating a wide shroud around some of my people. So the first test here of leadership is not one of privilege but one of sacrifice.

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