This is the latest panel discussion hosted by the International Manifesto Group, Black Alliance for Peace, and CODEPINK. The Panel will take place Sunday, September 19th at 8:00-10:00AM CDT / 2:00-4:00PM UK Daylight Time over Zoom and YouTube.
About this Event
This panel will discuss the many questions that are opened up by the US withdrawal from Afghanistan including the following; What is the world significance of the US defeat in Afghanistan? What are the prospects for peace and development there? What role could China, Russia and Iran have in Afghanistan’s reconstruction? How has Western hypocrisy over human and women’s rights unravelled? What is the social character of the Taliban?
Medea Benjamin is a co-founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of the 2018 book, “Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Her previous books include: “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection” (2016); “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control” (2013); “Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart” (1989), and (with Jodie Evans) “Stop the Next War Now (Inner Ocean Action Guide)” (2005).
Ajamu Baraka is the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. Baraka serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council and leadership body of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and contributing columnist for Counterpunch. He was recently awarded the US Peace Memorial 2019 Peace Prize and the Serena Shim award for uncompromised integrity in journalism.
Mohammad Marandi is professor of North American Studies and dean of the faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran.
Assadullah Keshtmand was born in 1949 to a family of humble background in Kabul province. He completed his secondary schooling in Afghanistan before attending university in France where he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies. During this time in France, he joined the French Communist Party. He was later elected to the Central Committee of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) and was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Haghighat-e Enqelab-e Saur newspaper (the government organ of the PDPA) in 1980. He also served for several years as the Deputy Head of the International Relations Bureau of the Central Committee of the PDPA. In the final 5 years of the PDPA government, Mr. Keshtmand served as the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan to Hungary, Iran, and Ethiopia. He currently resides in London.
Victor Gao is an international relations expert, vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, professor at Soochow University, and former English-language interpreter for Deng Xiaoping.
Ann Wright (Retired) Col. Ann Wright spent 29 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. She was a diplomat in the State Department for 16 years, serving in the U.S. embassies of Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. She resigned in 2003 in protest of the then-impending invasion of Iraq. In 2009, she co-authored, Dissent, Voices of Conscience.
MK Bhadrakumar is a former career diplomat, Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar worked on the territories of the former Soviet Union and was head of the Pakistan-Iran-Afghanistan Division and Kashmir Unit in the Indian Ministry of External affairs. After retiring from Turkey, he has been a writer and columnist for the past two decades and has contributed to Indian and foreign publications. He writes on India’s foreign policy and regional and global affairs with focus on China, Russia, Central Asia, Middle East and South Asia. He writes a popular blog Indian Punchline. He lives in New Delhi and his hometown in South India.
Oleg Barabanov is a Russian historian and political scientist, is Program Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Professor, MGIMO University.
Nancy Lindisfarne taught anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies for many years. She is the author of Bartered Brides: Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan Tribal Society; the short story collection Dancing in Damascus; and the co-editor of Dislocating Masculinity and of Masculinities under Neoliberalism. Her book with Richard Tapper, Afghan Village Voices was published in 2020. She blog on gender, class and middle eastern politics at annebonnypirate.com
Moderator: Radhika Desai is a Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month, and editor or co-editor of Russia, Ukraine and Contemporary Imperialism, a special issue of International Critical Thought (2016), Theoretical Engagements in Geopolitical Economy (2015), Analytical Gains from Geopolitical Economy (2015), Revitalizing Marxist Theory for Today’s Capitalism (2010) and Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms (2009).