Afghanistan: Past, Present, and Future
Thurs. September 21, 2021
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? The Global Policy Institute held a roundtable conversation with prominent Afghanistan experts that provided answers to these critical questions.
About Loyola Marymount University
LMU is a private Catholic university with 6,000 undergraduates, 2,200 graduate students and 1,100 law students from diverse backgrounds and many perspectives. Our seven colleges and schools boast best-in-the-nation programs in film and television, business, education and more. Our stunning campus in West Los Angeles is a sun-soaked oasis overlooking the Pacific coast and a model of sustainability. We're rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business and entrepreneurship. Our mission is grounded in a centuries-old Jesuit educational tradition that produces extraordinary men and women dedicated to service and social justice. We're proud of more than 85,000 LMU alumni whose professional achievements are matched by a deep commitment to improving the lives of others.
Heather Barr, Associate Director of the Women’s Rights Division and former 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.
Dr. Orzala Nemat
Dr. Orzala Nemat is a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. She was born in Afghanistan and, at a young age, forced to flee to Pakistan, where she lived for more than ten years as a refugee. Active for over two decades in the development field in Afghanistan, she founded and led a humanitarian organization between 1999 and 2006. She then obtained a PhD from SOAS. After her PhD, she moved back to Afghanistan and briefly became the Afghan president's advisor on local governance. Since 2016 she has been leading Afghanistan’s top research think tank, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU).