The Afghanistan Crisis: How Did We Get Here, and What's Next?


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The crisis in Afghanistan has been at the center of international news every day, making front-page headlines, and attracting attention, due to its huge magnitude and massive implications, domestically, regionally, and internationally. Dr. Sahar Khamis discussed this important topic with two Afghan-American women scholars, Dr. Farzana Nabi and Ms. Halima Kazem-Stojanovic. Dr. Farzana Nabi is an Afghan-American-Muslim, who has a unique combination of management, research, and military experience spanning across government, corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors. She has a decade of experience working with the U.S. military, which includes a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan as a Senior Social Scientist to help her adopted country understand the socio-cultural landscape of her birth country. Dr. Nabi performed original research on the Afghan army, public policy and governance, security, women's rights, and child labor. She earned multiple awards and distinctions for her work. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare & Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She is currently the President of Veteran Services USA, an organization dedicated to the needs of U.S. veterans and their families. Ms. Halima Kazem-Stojanovic is an Afghan-American investigative journalist, filmmaker, and lecturer in journalism and human rights at San Jose State University. She is currently the Journalism Coordinator and core faculty member of the new San Jose State University Human Rights Institute. Halima is currently a PhD Candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on gender, empire, and resistance in Afghanistan. Her scholarly work is informed by more than 20 years of working as a journalist, including a decade reporting on the war and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. Halima’s articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Al Jazeera and the Christian Science Monitor. She worked as a human rights researcher for Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and as a journalism instructor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. From 2002 to 2014 she trained more than 300 hundred journalists in Afghanistan. She is the co-producer of a documentary (Frontrunner) chronicling the campaign of the first female presidential candidate in Afghanistan. The episode was broadcast: 27/8/2021 US Arab Radio can be heard on wnzk 690 AM, WDMV 700 AM, and WPAT 930 AM. Please visit: Web site : Online Radio: Twitter : Instagram : Youtube : US Arab Radio

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