The ill-fated American invasion in Afghanistan came to an abrupt end with the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover of Kabul in mid-August. Images of the chaos which ensued as the US and other NATO countries attempted to evacuate tens of thousands of people continue to play out on television screens around the world. The collapse of the Afghan security forces in days and the withdrawal of European and American government personal left many Afghans vulnerable to the new regime’s policies and their future of the country in doubt. Much airtime has been devoted to analyzing this crisis in terms of American and European interests, yet we have learned little about how Afghans who have worked to rebuild their country’s institutions are faring, how they envision their future, and how the international community can help to secure a secure and prosperous future for all Afghans. In this webinar, we ask two Afghan scholars to reflect on the state of their country, what they see taking place in the near and long terms, and possible ways to achieve a future they envision for their country.
Muska Dastageer, Political Science and Public Administration, American University of Afghanistan
Haroun Rahimi, Assistant Professor of Law, American University of Afghanistan
Mostafa Minawi, History and Critical Ottoman & Post-Ottoman Studies, Cornell University