Well, let's first discuss what I'll be doing between now and then...
- I'll visit Afghanistan for the second time
- I'll have got my Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (hopefully)
- I'll have gotten a position with a leading research university
So in 2020, besides my research and teaching, I hope to be bridging the educational gap with countries that don't currently value a higher, broad-based, non-biased education like we in the West do. I'd like to further impoverished countries and states devastated by war by setting up international partnerships with leading U.S. and European universities to exchange graduate level students that will not only learn from a foreigner but also to teach them. Think of how quickly the U.S.'s relationship with Iran could be mended, how quickly Iran's economy could recover, and how quickly unemployment and poverty could be tackled in Iran and surrounding states if we had 1,000 students in Iranian universities for a year and 1,000 Iranian students in U.S. universities for a year and put their stories on T.V. once a week.
Good ol' easy solutions to hard problems.