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Panel • Afghanistan in Context

August 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Over the past two weeks, events in Afghanistan have unfolded with dizzying speed. The images of Afghans desperate to flee the country and Taliban leadership flanked by heavily armed fighters in the presidential palace are shocking to many.

How can we understand the situation on the ground in Afghanistan right now?

Why are people fleeing and who is most at risk?

Why did the country fall to the Taliban so quickly?

What can and should the U.S. and the international community be doing now?

Please join us Friday, August 20, 3:00 – 4:15 pm Eastern Time via Zoom for a discussion with panelists:


  • Navin Bapat, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Naazneen Barma, University of Denver
  • Palwasha Kakar, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Columbia University
  • Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas

Moderated by Patricia Sullivan, UNC-Chapel Hill and Director, Triangle Institute for Security Studies

Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies; Peace, War, and Defense Curriculum at UNC; UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies; and UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

Register for the event here.


August 20, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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