News Roundtable   Aug 20, 2021

Crisis in Afghanistan – Airport chaos, humanitarian assistance & UK-US relations

With Yvonne Ridley, Oli Dugmore, Chris Kinder & Kitty Chevallier


In this week’s ‘News Roundtable’ episode, Chris is joined by journalist and author Yvonne Ridley, Afghanaid’s chairman and programme development officer, Chris Kinder and Kitty Chevallier; and head of news & politics at, Oli Dugmore.

The conversation begins with Kitty describing the current state of “fear and suspension” in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized control of the capital, and reflecting on her experience of leaving Kabul, whilst others remain stranded.

The discussion moves on to talk about the US’ historic involvement in Afghanistan; the role of international troops; humanitarian assistance; and the UK government’s commitment to resettle refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, or face threats of persecution.

Together they also debate the Taliban’s recent pledge to respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, and how we can better create conditions where people want to live and stay in Afghanistan.

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Episode published: Aug 20, 2021

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