Virtual Discussion- Re-Talibanisation in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects.

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies conducted the virtual discussion entitled ‘Re-Talibanisation in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects,’ on September 8, 2021, with the objective of contributing towards a better understanding of the regional and global implications of the unfolding events in Afghanistan. The webinar ended with a positive note of hope for security and stability for Afghanistan, its distressed people, for the South Asian region and beyond.

The BCIS is thankful to all participants and the following local and foreign experts who spoke at the event, especially the two speakers from Afghanistan, Dr Bahar Jalali, (Afghan American Academic), Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus, USA); Mr. Hamidullah Ataee, Legal Expert (Former Attorney General’s Office), Kabul, Afghanistan; Dr. Raghav Sharma, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Afghanistan Studies, O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana, India; Prof. Moonis Ahmar, Meritorious Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Karachchi, Pakistan and Mr. Ameen Izzadeen, Deputy Editor/International Editor, The Sunday Times and World Watch Columnist, Daily Mirror, Wijeya Newspapers, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. Athulasiri Samarakoon, Senior Lecturer, The Open University of Sri Lanka moderated the programme and Dr. Minna Thaheer, Director, BCIS made the welcome address and explained the objectives of the discussion.

The Webinar was attended by 135 plus participants including members from the diplomatic community, foreign service officials, academics, activists, and students.