The rapid withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in August and the ensuing Taliban takeover has left the nation and its people facing immediate uncertainties and peril. What is the path forward for Afghanistan? Yalda Hakim, Broadcast Journalist at BBC World News; Wazhma Sadat, Co-Founder of Firoz Academy; and Rory Stewart, Senior Fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, will join us for a panel discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan and will share their thoughts on the nation’s future. This event is part of the Carr Center’s Human Rights in Hard Places Series. Information on how to access the event can be found below.
- Yalda Hakim | Broadcast Journalist, BBC World News
- Wazhma Sadat | Co-Founder, Firoz Academy
- Rory Stewart | Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
- Mathias Risse (moderator) | Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy
Yalda Hakim is an award-winning anchor and foreign correspondent. She joined BBC World News in 2012 as a presenter and correspondent. Hakim presents the BBC’s flagship news program ‘Impact with Yalda Hakim’. Hakim has reported extensively on the rise and fall of the so called Islamic State in Iraq. Most recently she travelled to the world’s youngest nation South Sudan which is embroiled in a brutal civil war. She reported that more than 4 million people are now on the brink of famine in the devastated country. Before joining BBC World News, Hakim was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Australia. Hakim was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in the late 1980s after her father fled Kabul with his family when the Soviet Union invaded. She began her career as a cadet journalist at SBS’s World News Australia.
Wazhma Sadat was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. When the Taliban’s stringent policies threatened the lives of Afghan civilians, Wazhma’s family joined the millions of displaced Afghans who crossed multiple borders in search of peace and education. Upon her return to Afghanistan, Wazhma worked on various initiatives across the country that improved women’s access to education and furthered the economic empowerment of Afghan women. Wazhma would subsequently be the first Afghan woman to graduate from Yale College and Yale Law School. She co-founded Firoz Academy, an online academy with the mission to provide educational and e-employment opportunities for the less privileged in war-stricken countries such as Afghanistan. After graduating, she completed a yearlong fellowship at the Yale Office of the General Counsel and then started a clerkship at the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Rory Stewart is a writer. He was an independent candidate for the Mayor of London and Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border – the largest geographical constituency in England – between 2010 and 2019. In May 2019 he was appointed Secretary of State for International Development, having previously been the Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, Minister of State for Africa in both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) (June 2017-January 2018), and the Minister of State in DFID (June 2016-June 2017) and, prior to that, Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs at DEFRA (May 2015-June 2016). He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, and was a Fellow at Harvard from 2004 to 2005 before taking up his Professorial chair in 2008.
Virtual Event Details
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