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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) Seventh Annual Distinguished Lecture. Afghanistan's Bleak Future Under the Taliban Rule

Jawad Sukhanyar, Journalist-in-Residence, University of Michigan

Afghanistan's Bleak Future Under the Taliban Rule Afghanistan's Bleak Future Under the Taliban Rule
Afghanistan's Bleak Future Under the Taliban Rule
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An Afghan journalist's perspective on the war, democracy, the United States withdrawal and return of the Taliban to power. Jawad Sukhanyar will discuss issues like human rights, absence of press freedom and democratic institutions. How are the Taliban ruling the country? Trying to introduce their variant of Islam called Taliban-ism, resorting to religious nationalism and more.

Jawad Sukhanyar worked as a journalist for major news agencies in Afghanistan, where he reported for The New York Times for eight years. He was also a freelance journalist and wrote analytical pieces for various outlets, including the Eurasia Review. In early 2020 he served as a media adviser in the office of the first vice president of Afghanistan. Jawad came to the university in September 2018 as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, studying issues related to women's rights in Afghanistan. With the support of Wallace House, he returned to Ann Arbor last October after fleeing the Taliban with his family. He is now a journalist-in-residence with the Donia Human Rights Center and the International Institute studying the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Afghan peace process, and the fate of press freedom. He's examining how the U.S. mission in Afghanistan ended in chaos and humiliation, what could have been done differently and how the Afghan peace process led to a dead-end after the Taliban took over the country and formed an interim government. The consequences of U.S. departure have been dire, resulting in the mass starvation of millions of Afghans inside the country, women being denied their rights to education, and press freedom crumbling. Next fall, Jawad will join the Department of Communications as the Marsh Visiting Professor.

DISC Global Islam programming and co-sponsored events are made possible through the generous financial support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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