The Talks

An Insider Perspective

Lisa Schnellinger and her husband Tom Willard are committed to sharing their experience, in dialog with those who want a deeper understanding of Afghanistan.Their talks are colored with life stories of Afghan colleagues and friends, whose lives have been directly affected by the U.S. in both military action and development work.

With the media’s tendency to focus on violence, corruption, and extremism, “Americans are understandably afraid and confused by what little they glean from the news,” Lisa says.

The scenes and portraits of ordinary life on a large scale, and the accompanying slideshow, in Beyond the Mountains counter that distortion: “We want to offer instead the chance to walk through markets, stand in mosques, work in offices and share meals in homes, as we have done.”

It has not been a straightforward path. In working through their own dilemmas about Afghanistan, the couple’s personal dialogues have reflected larger debates. Their talks describe the flow of reality, not forced conclusions.

“We feel our work is essential to democracy – for Americans and Afghans – so that citizens can make informed decisions,” Lisa says.

“Speaking from personal experience and professional study, we try to give a broader and deeper sense of the consequences of US actions in Afghanistan. We want to offer perspective rather than punditry.”

Read more about Lisa here.

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