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Episode 30: Afghanistan 2.0: What happens to Civil Society and Afghan women after NATO forces leave? (Part Two)

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    Episode 30: Afghanistan 2.0: What happens to Civil Society and Afghan women after NATO forces leave? (Part Two) Common Ground


As NATO leaders meet in Brussels, our episode features the second part of a special town hall Common Ground co-hosted with the German Marshall Fund of the United States about the future of Afghanistan once the alliance’s troops leave in the coming months.
Host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson talks with:
  • Atia Abawi, award-winning foreign correspondent and children’s author.
  • Kathy Gannon, award-winning News Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Associated Press and author.
  • Marina Kielpinski LeGree, founder and head of “Ascend,” an NGO that trains Afghan girls and women to be leaders through mountain climbing and community service.
  • Metra Mehran, Fulbright Scholar who co-founded the Feminine Perspectives Movement, which provides a platform for women across Afghanistan to raise their voices and ensure their views are heard at the peace talks.
  • Almut Wieland-Karimi, executive director of the Center for International Peace Operations.
  • Ellinor Zeino, Afghanistan Country Director for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Also featuring Pen Farthing, founder of the Nowzad Veterinary Clinic in Afghanistan, Veterinarian Zahra Nasiri and Renja Farein Ahmadi of the Enabled Children Initiative (ECI).

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