Afghanistan, what happened?
- ©Twitter/Lotfullah Najafizada – Kabul, 15 August 2021
In the midst of severe restrictions being placed on women and girls’ human rights, we are witnessing increasingly intensive and overlapping crises in Afghanistan: half of the population now depends on humanitarian assistance, the number of internally displaced persons is rising rapidly, and a refugee crisis continues to spread far beyond the country's borders. With the Taliban back in power, uncertainty over this new political (dis)order fuels domestic and international security concerns.
This event will help to unfold recent events by looking back at likely root causes of the country’s takeover by the Taliban in August 2021, the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in place since 2001, the departure of almost all U.S. and NATO troops, and the freezing of an international aid effort that drove a large portion of the Afghan economy.
Afghanistan, what happened? Perspectives from the ground and beyond
Wednesday 29 September 2021 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Amphitheater Chapsal, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume
Dr. Farida Momand, Former member of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (2020-2021), former Minister of Higher Education, Professor at Kabul University Faculty of Medicine
Fahimeh Robiolle, Vice-President of Club France-Afghanistan; Lecturer at ESSEC, Kabul and Tehran Universities
Jim Townsend, Lecturer at PSIA; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security; former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy
Dr. Tina Robiolle, Academic Advisor and Lecturer, PSIA
Mark Maloney, Acting Dean and Executive Director, PSIA