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5 November 2021

After The Fall: Fawzia Koofi on Afghanistan's future

In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, former member of the Afghan parliament and its first female deputy speaker Fawzia Koofi joins Lowy Institute Research Fellow Lydia Khalil for a discussion on the heartbreak of leaving Afghanistan, the prospects for the country under Taliban rule, and the future of human rights in the country.

Lydia Khalil
Lydia Khalil

In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, former deputy speaker of the Afghan parliament and women’s rights activist Fawzia Koofi joins Lowy Institute Research Fellow Lydia Khalil for a discussion on the heartbreak of leaving Afghanistan, the prospects for the country under Taliban rule, and the future of human rights in the country. Ms Koofi was previously a member of the Afghan delegation negotiating peace with the Taliban in Doha Qatar. This interview was originally scheduled in August 2021. However, Ms Koofi was placed under house arrest as the Taliban consolidated their hold over Kabul following the US military withdrawal from the country. It was not until she could negotiate her evacuation that she was able to speak.