At CPG we conduct interviews to understand the process of decision making and the context in which those decisions are made. The key to fully understanding this process is to look through the eyes of the person who is forced to make those decisions.
In My Father’s Country by Saima Wahab provides the reader insight into this kind of perspective-taking. The book follows the life of a girl growing up in Afghanistan who spent her young adult years in the United States. She eventually returns to Afghanistan after 9/11 to work as a Pashto interpreter, offering the reader a fresh perspective on the events that took place there. During her journey, she finds that many translators claim to speak Pashto but actually speak only Farsi, further adding to misinterpretations between US forces and the Afghani people. The influence that her environment has on her decision making provides a new perspective on understanding the process and context of decision making.
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