Club Lunch – The Fall of Kabul: What’s Next for Afghanistan?
Date: 3 Nov 2021 12:30 PM — 02:00 PM | Venue: Dining Room
The Fall of Kabul: What’s Next for Afghanistan?
|On August 15, 2021, in the midst of the chaotic American military withdrawal, Taliban forces swept into Kabul largely unopposed, giving the rigidly fundamentalist group complete control of Afghanistan for the first time since 2001. But questions remain about what the future holds for the country in this second period of Taliban control, and whether this is even the same Taliban that ruled with a strict interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law, in the 1990s. How did the Taliban move so swiftly in its takeover of Afghanistan? What is in store for the country and specifically for Afghanistan’s women, who have enjoyed two decades of progress under a Western-style democratic system? Has the Taliban really moderated during its 20 years in exile, and can it transition from fighting an insurgency to running a more modern and globally-connected economy? Our panel of journalists – here in Hong Kong, Kabul and New Delhi – will answer all these questions and more as we explore the topic of Afghanistan after the fall. Moderated by FCC President Keith Richburg.
|A selection of photographs of the Taliban takeover by award-winning Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and photojournalist Marcus Yam will also be on exhibit on the Van Es Wall for Club members and the general public to view during the month of November.
Anna Coren is an award-winning international correspondent for CNN, based at the network’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years reporting on some of the world’s biggest news events, including the Philippines’ Super Typhoon Haiyan, the death of Kim Jung Il, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and the North Korean nuclear crisis. Coren has reported from Afghanistan multiple times over the last decade, most recently in 2021 when the U.S announced its withdrawal of troops from the country marking the end of ‘the longest war’.
James Edgar is a journalist for Agence France-Presse, based in Hong Kong and previously Paris. He has been in Kabul since early September reporting on the Taliban’s first months in power. Before joining AFP in 2017, he worked as a reporter and editor for the UK’s Press Association from 2008.
Mujib Mashal is The New York Times bureau chief for South Asia. Previously, he was the paper’s senior correspondent in Afghanistan. Before joining the Times, he wrote for magazines such as The Atlantic, Harper’s, Time and others. He began his journalism career as an intern with the Times’s bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2010, before moving on to work for Al Jazeera English in Doha and then pursue magazine writing. He returned to the Times as a senior correspondent in October 2016. Born in Kabul, he received a degree in history from Columbia University.