About the Event

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban overwhelmed media coverage at the end of the summer, but now that U.S. Forces have withdrawn and America’s longest war is over, what comes next?

Questions abound regarding a looming humanitarian crisis. How will the Taliban contend with external communications and media around the world as they seek to consolidate control? Do Western powers still have a means of leverage over the Taliban in the form of economic pressure, and should it be implemented at the risk of jeopardizing Afghan citizens’ material survival? What will be the fate of women and girls and those with ties to or who aided Western countries? Will Afghanistan once again become a haven for terrorists under the Taliban’s rule? Will other countries formally recognize the Taliban’s second Emirate, and how will that affect the geopolitics of the region and other foreign relationships around the world?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host Wazhmah Osman, Assistant Professor, Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production, and a faculty affiliate of the South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania to discuss these questions and provide insight as to what the future of Afghanistan might hold. Professor Osman is currently writing a book that analyzes the impact of international funding and cross-border media flows on the national politics of Afghanistan, the region and beyond.

 

About the Speaker:

  • Wazhmah Osman is Assistant Professor at Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production and a faculty member in both the Master of Science in Globalization and Development Communication program. She is a faculty affiliate of the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing a book that analyzes the impact of international funding and cross-border media flows on the national politics of Afghanistan, the region and beyond. Osman is also researching how new technologies of war, violence, and representation, predicated on old colonial tropes, are being repackaged and deployed during “the war on terror.”

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