For twenty years, the United States, its allies, and Afghan partners worked to bring stability, prosperity, and democracy to the people of Afghanistan. During that time, and after much hard work and sacrifice, the nation saw a major transformation in its cultural and economic life, with implications that continue despite the dramatic changes under the current Taliban regime.

As Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from January 2020 through August 2021, Ambassador Ross Wilson led the U.S. diplomatic mission during one of its most trying and tumultuous periods. His wife Margo Squire, also a former career Foreign Service Officer, served as a Cultural Affairs Specialist supporting 27 American cultural centers across the country.

On April 13, Global Minnesota hosted a conversation with Ambassador Wilson and Margo Squire as they shared experiences from their historic and eventful time in Afghanistan, as well as their thoughts on the social and economic advances that improved the lives of Afghanistan’s people and what it might take for those advances to persist in the current political climate. This event was moderated by Mary Curtin, Diplomat-in-Residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.