Negotiating with the Taliban

Experts from the UN, International Red Cross and others share insights on how to get essential aid to Afghanistan.

Members event, Panel
18 November 2021 — 12:00PM TO 1:00PM

Since the Taliban returned to power last summer, millions of Afghans are in a catastrophic situation. UN agencies report that by this winter 23 million of the country’s 38 million population will not have enough food.  Further estimates suggest that by the middle of 2022, as many as 97% of the Afghan people will be living on less than $1.90 per day - up from today’s level of around 50%. 

The US withdrawal means that aid agencies and other organisations are desperately needed to prevent a crisis that eclipses the situation in Yemen and Syria. And yet, dealing with a government, run by a group still deemed a terrorist organisation by many, means that an already complicated situation is significantly compounded.

The expert panel discusses the following key questions:

  • What are the short and long-term strategies for getting aid to Afghanistan?

  • What does working with the Taliban look like?

  • How can aid agencies operate most effectively in the country today?

  • Are US and other Western states discussing humanitarian aid with the Taliban and how are negotiations shaping up?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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