The Covid-19 crisis has devastated public health systems and economies in even the most advanced countries in the world. In particular, the Coronavirus has caused untold damage to the American economy. Concurrently, the Taliban and the Afghan government have not been able to make the progress on peace talks that the Americans would have liked. The fight for the Afghan presidency has left many with a bitter taste. To top all of this off, Afghanistan must deal with Covid-19. How will all this affect the lives of ordinary Afghans, especially the poorest and most vulnerable?
In this edition of the Tabadlab Policy Roundtable, we speak to experts and practitioners that have lived in, loved and/or worked on Afghanistan in a range of capacities.
Joining us are:
- Shaharzad Akbar, Chairperson, Afghanistan Human Rights Commission (former Deputy National Security Council on Peace and Civilian Protection)
- Janan Mosazai, Senior Fellow, Heart of Asia Society (former Ambassador of Afghanistan to China, former Spokesperson, Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Hina Rabbani Khar, Member of National Assembly (former Foreign Minister of Pakistan)
- Jawed Ludin, Chairperson, Heart of Asia Society (former Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan)
- Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University (former Senior Adviser, Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan, US State Department)
- Mosharraf Zaidi Senior Fellow, Tabadlab (former Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan).