Afghanistan: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, September 23, 2021 3:30pm to 4:30pm

1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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At the end of August, the United States left Afghanistan, concluding a twenty-year mission. Why was the US in Afghanistan for so long? What are the geo-political consequences of the decision to leave? What will happen now to Afghanistan and to Afghan women under the new Taliban regime? And what can the international community do to help?


Join the Global Policy Institute for a roundtable conversation with prominent Afghanistan experts:

Heather Barr, Associate Director of the Women’s Rights Division and Afghanistan researcher, Human Rights Watch. Heather Barr joined Human Rights Watch in 2011 as the Afghanistan researcher, before becoming the Associate Director of the Women’s Rights Division. She previously worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Burundi. She has done research on child marriage, girls’ education, violence against women, refugee and prisoners’ rights. 

Ronald E. Neumann, US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007). Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan. Mr. Neumann also served in Baghdad in 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and as Embassy Baghdad’s liaison with the Multinational Command. He is currently the President of the American Academy for Diplomacy.

Christine Fair, Professor, Georgetown University and former political officer with the United Nations in Afghanistan. Dr. Fair is a Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She previously served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation and as a political officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul. Her research focuses on political and military affairs in South Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.

Introduced by Gabriele Magni, Director, Global Policy Institute 

Moderated by Declan Tomlinson, Research Fellow, Global Policy Institute 

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