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Afghanistan — Inside Out: A Conversation with Mark Ward & Zaher Wahab

September 2 @ 2:00 pm CDT

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After nearly 20 years of war and a U.S. military withdrawal, the ground situation in Afghanistan has become increasingly uncertain and unstable for civilians as the government collapsed at the feet of the Taliban insurgents. Even before Kabul fell to the Taliban, evacuations were difficult given the volatile conditions and securing the safe departure of those seeking to flee is a race against time.

Join us in partnership with WorldOregon as we hear from Mark Ward, a 30-year diplomatic veteran and Director of the Syria Transition Assistance and Response Team at the U.S. Department of State, and Zaher Wahab, Professor Emeritus at Lewis & Clark College and educator at the American University of Afghanistan, as they discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan and what society looks like under Taliban rule.

The program will be presented via Zoom.


About the Speakers

Mark Ward is a retired career diplomat who recently left Afghanistan where he was country director for the International Medical Corps for two years after leaving the U.S. Department of State State Department. Ward is now living in Corvallis. He was also previously Country Director for the International Medical Corps in Afghanistan, ran the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID, and was Special Advisor on Development to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Zaher Wahab taught for many years at Lewis & Clark College and more recently was living in Kabul and teaching at American University of Afghanistan. He served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan for five years from 2002-2007 He served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan for five years from 2002-2007, and was instrumental in designing and teaching in the only Masters Degree program for teacher education faculty throughout Afghanistan.

Presented in partnership with WorldOregon.


September 2
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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