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Special Event | What's Next for Afghanistan?

Oct 13, 2021
4:00pm to 5:15pm


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It has been just over a month since the U.S. completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, but life has already changed dramatically for Afghans under Taliban rule. The security situation is grim, as vulnerable Afghans hide from the Taliban while others attempt to flee the country. What are the prospects for those Afghans who wish to leave? How is the security situation evolving, and how does U.S. policy need to adapt?

At the same time, a humanitarian catastrophe looms for millions who face a food crisis and a collapsing health system. Here at home, 100,000 Afghans will become America’s newest immigrants. What role will they play in the future of their home country?

On Wednesday, October 13, at 4:00pm EDT, the Center for a New American Security hosted a special discussion to examine these and other issues with women who are deeply involved in Afghan politics and recent evacuation and resettlement efforts.

Special Guests Included:

  • Adela Raz, Afghanistan Ambassador to the United States
  • Naheed Farid, Member of the Afghanistan Parliament, Chairperson of the House Standing Committee for Human Rights, Civil Society and Women Affairs-Afghanistan Parliament
  • Lyla Kohistany, Deputy Director of Task Force Pineapple, and Non-Resident Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security and former Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South and Central Asia
  • Moderator: Heather Nauert, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Member, CNAS Board of Advisors, Fulbright board member and former State Department Spokesperson