Symposium on Afghanistan: Day 2

Date & Time September 24, 2021 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Cabot 206

The Middle East Research Group (MERG) in collaboration with the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership is hosting a hybrid symposium on September 23rd and 24th on the topic of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The symposium will include three panels focused on the regional implications of Taliban control, the impact of the withdrawal on Afghan women, and the legacy and impact of US involvement.

The panels will be virtual, but streamed live for student viewing together, location still TBD. Following the panels there will be small group discussions for students in person. Additionally, there will be a food and fundraising component as well. More details coming soon.

Day 2's first panel will start at 1:30 PM on Friday, September 24th. It will discuss The Regional Implications of Taliban Control and feature four guest speakers. They include:

  • Mr. Sher Jan Ahmadzai, Director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca, the Endowed Chair of International Studies and Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College
  • Prof. Ayesha Jalal, the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University
  • Mr. Altaf Ladak, COO & Chief Marketing Officer at Roshan, Afghanistan's largest telecom provider

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The second panel will begin at 3:00 PM on the topic of The Impact of Taliban Control on Afghan Women. This panel will feature:

  • Lima Ahmad, Ph.D. Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Studies at the Fletcher School
  • Tahera Hedayati, Journalist from Afghanistan, she worked at Subhe Kabul daily newspaper and ran a column named “What Taliban Did to the People”
  • Dr. Anna Larson, Senior Teaching Fellow at University of London SOAS and Tufts Dept. of Political Science lecturer
  • Simin Royesh, founded a language academy in Afghanistan before having to leave the country; now studying at Stanford University
  • Rafia Zakaria, an author, attorney, and human rights activist for victims of domestic violence around the world.

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