The Implosion of the Afghan State: What next for women and the nation?

Hosted by the Department of International Development

Zoom and YouTube, Afghanistan


Antonio Giustozzi

Antonio Giustozzi

Senior Research Fellow at RUSI

Deniz Kandiyotti

Deniz Kandiyotti

Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London

Pashtana Durrani

Pashtana Durrani

Executive Director LEARN Afghanistan

Dr. Orzala Nemat

Dr. Orzala Nemat

Research Associate at SOAS. Director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit


Professor James Putzel

Professor James Putzel

Professor of Development Studies, LSE Department of International Development

Antonio Giustozzi, Deniz Kandiyotti, Dr. Orzala Nemat and Pashtana Durrani will participate in a panel discussion on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

This will be the first in this year’s series of “Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice”, a high-profile lecture series run by the Department of International Development at the LSE and organised by Professor James Putzel and Professor in Practice Duncan Green.

Dr. Antonio Giustozzi is an independent researcher born in Ravenna, Italy, who took his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of several articles and papers on Afghanistan, as well as of seven books.

Deniz Kandiyoti is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She holds degrees from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was also on the faculty of the Middle East Technical University (1969-74) and Boğaziçi University (1974-1980) in Turkey. 

Pashtana Durrani started her journey as an activist and human rights defender. She is now a Community development expert. Focusing on Digital literacy, SRHR, MHM, and WASH. She is the founder and Director of grassroots-level non-profit LEARN Afghanistan. Through LEARN's project Soraya, she has educated 900 girls and boys in Kandahar.

Dr. Orzala Nemat Dr. Orzala Nemat is an internationally known Afghan scholar & think tank leader. Dr. Nemat has firsthand experience in how it is to be a war refugee for fourteen years in Pakistan. However, she chose to rise above the situation by putting the focus on helping women and girls in her community and developing her career. 

Professor James Putzel is Professor of Development Studies and served as the Director of the Crisis States Research Centre. He headed the Centre's research programme on Crisis States, which was funded by the Department for International Development of the UK government. 


The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change. 

Twitter Hashtag for this series: #CuttingEdgeIssues

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