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The Afghanistan Debate

As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, we will look at the country’s roadmap and the legacy of the past 12 years.

This event is in association with BBC Service for Afghanistan. It will be held at the Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2AJ.

As the final stage of the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan begins, we will be bringing together leading experts to look at the country’s roadmap and the legacy of the past 12 years.

How is the transition progressing and who are the main actors? We will be examining that process and the role of parties such as the Taliban. With continuing transition of security from NATO to Afghan leadership, we ask if the Afghans are ready and able to manage their country’s security.

Finally with an election approaching in early 2014 we will be looking ahead at the political process and which figures will play leading roles in Afghanistan’s future.

Chaired by Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent.

The panel:

Dominic Medley was the Spokesman/Media Advisor to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan from June 2010 to June 2013. He has worked in Kabul since February 2002 including two years with the UN Mission. He has been a leading figure in the development of journalism in Afghanistan and he is the author of the Kabul Guide.

Emal Pasarly is the multimedia editor for the BBC Pashto-Persian service. He was born in Kunduz, Afghanistan and after the Soviet invasion took refuge in Peshawar, Pakistan. He moved to London in 1993 and began working with the BBC World Service in 1996. He also writes fiction in Pashto.

Michael Semple is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Conflict Transformation, Queen’s University, Belfast and affiliated to the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. He conducts research on the Afghan Taliban Movement, conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan and approaches to reconciliation. He has specialised on Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1985 and speaks Urdu, Dari and Pashto. During this period he has worked with international NGOs, the United Nations and European Union, including serving as Deputy to the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan 2004-08. Since 2008 he has worked as a scholar and adviser, focusing on opportunities to end the conflict in Afghanistan and the region.

Additional speakers to be confirmed.


Lyse Doucet | talks
Dominic Medley | talks
Emal Pasarly | talks
Michael Semple | talks


Date and Time:

17 September 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Shaw Theatre
100 - 110 Euston Road
0871 594 3123
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Organised by:

Frontline Club
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£12.50 Standard, £10 Concession

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