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Thu, May 27


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The Fate of Civil Society in Afghanistan, post-NATO

Free online event. NATO forces will depart Afghanistan by 11 September, 2021. But Ascend and other organizations will carry on. Hear from Ascend and others on what the future may look like for civil society.

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The Fate of Civil Society in Afghanistan, post-NATO

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May 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Free registration via German Marshall Fund

About The Event

The withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan begins in July and U.S. President Joe Biden says all U.S. troops will be gone by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

But what happens to civil society in Afghanistan after the Western forces leave? Aid groups, NGOs, human rights activists, journalists and more have created a vibrant Afghan democracy over the past two decades that is now in danger of falling apart as the Taliban, which is in a stronger military position now than at any point since 2001, will likely return to power in some capacity.

This panel, which includes speakers on three continents—some who were in Afghanistan during the previous Taliban era—discuss whether and how civil society can continue in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, especially when it comes to women’s programs and initiatives.

If you have any questions, please contact please contact Rachel Tausenfreund at RTausendfreund@gmfus.orgor Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson at

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