Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy co-sponsored a panel discussion organized by the International State Development Partners to discuss the root causes of what went wrong in Afghanistan. Titled “Afghanistan: Understanding What Happened After 20 Years of International Intervention and How To Move Forward,” the roundtable took place on December 14 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM (EST).
Twenty years after the U.S. and international intervention in Afghanistan, in merely eleven days, the regime collapsed. While the U.S. and its international partners made a hasty exit, it leaves Afghanistan to be governed by the Taliban and the people facing the worst humanitarian crisis of our times, as assets are frozen, and an international community unwilling to recognize the Taliban to prevent the crisis.
This roundtable discussion brings together Afghan scholars and practitioners in conversation with each other on what went wrong in Afghanistan. What led to the complete breakdown of state infrastructure and what are the ramifications of this on the political, social, and economic landscape of the country and region? We will learn from Afghan narratives that span beyond the last 20 years and learn from experiences of the past, which are narratives that are often sidelined and excluded from policy circles. Through a series of moderated conversations, this series brings together Afghan narratives with the hope of forming an understanding of the root causes of Afghanistan’s crisis in order to forge a path forward for unity, peace, and prosperity.
- Farid Tookhy: Senior Fellow at the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy
- Zaher Wahab: Professor of Education at Lewis & Clark University
- Omar Sadr: Assistant Professor at American University of Afghanistan
- Naheed Bahram: U.S Country director at Women for Afghan Women
- Farid Zarif: Former UN Under-Secretary General; Head of United Nations Mission in Liberia
- Jawied Nawabi: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Economics, and International Politics at City University of New York