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Afghanistan: The Consequences

World Affairs Council of Maine


Friday, August 27th, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 PM EST


Ryan Crocker, one of the most highly decorated Foreign Service officers and respected voice on U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, will join the World Affairs Council of Maine for a special evening webinar on the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. A career ambassador, Crocker led six U.S. missions in the Middle East and South West Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq, during some of the most turbulent and consequential periods for U.S. diplomacy since the end of the Cold War. He will discuss his assessment of the challenges ahead with Ambassador (ret.) David Pearce, who served Assistant Chief of Mission with Crocker in Kabul, as well as Acting Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Between the two of them, these distinguished diplomats have over eight decades of service and experience in U.S. diplomacy and foreign affairs. 

Featuring Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ambassador David Pearce, former Ambassador to Greece and Algeria, as well as Assistant Chief of Mission in Afghanistan.

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

WorldOregon & Global Minnesota 


Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

3:00 - 3:00 PM EST


After nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan 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.


Throughout the war, Afghan nationals risked their lives and those of their families to provide translation, interpretation, security, and other vital services to U.S. troops, diplomats, and government humanitarian personnel. For their service many were eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV). Around 20,000 Afghans are currently in the pipeline waiting for SIVs and are in fear for their lives. Even before Kabul fell to the Taliban, evacuations were difficult given the volatile conditions on the ground. Securing the safe departure of those seeking to flee Afghanistan is nothing if not a harrowing race against time.


What is the fate of those who have worked to promote human rights, democracy, women’s rights, and education or the academics, writers, journalists, and those who have worked for foreign countries, among other at-risk categories? What is the outlook for ethnic minorities and Shia Muslims, such as the Hazaras? What will education and civil society look like under a Taliban rule? Will the Taliban stand by their gentler rhetoric around women’s rights? What responsibility does the U.S. bear for the lives of thousands of Afghans who risked safety in the cause of democracy and human rights?


Join WorldOregon and Global Minnesota as they invite Mark Ward (a 30+-year diplomatic veteran with a long service in the region) and educator Zaher Wahab (of Lewis & Clark College and the American University of Afghanistan) to explore these and other issues around the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.

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The World Health Organization's Response to COVID-19


 Great Decisions | The World Health Organization's Response to Covid-19

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

6:00-7:00 PM EST


The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the World Health Organization (WHO) into the limelight, for better and for worse. While some of the Trump administration’s criticism of the organization is unfair, the response to the early stages of the pandemic left many experts wanting more from the WHO. What is the WHO’s role in responding to international pandemics? What can be done to improve the WHO’s response to future global health crises?

Featuring, Dr. Kelly LeeAssociate Dean, Research and Director of Global Health at Simon Fraser University

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Global Security Forum: Competing for the Future

Connecticut World Affairs Council