Frontline: The Afghanistan Debate

17 September 2013


As foreign forces begin the final stage of their withdrawal from Afghanistan begins, the Frontline Club is bringing together leading experts to examine the legacy of the past decade and the country's roadmap for the 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 there.  He has been a leading figure in the development of journalism in Afghanistan and is the author of the Kabul Guide.

Emal Pasarly is the multimedia editor for the BBC Pashto-Persian service.  He was born in the northern province of Kunduz, but his family moved to Pakistan after the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.  He moved to London in 1993 and began working with the BBC World Service in 1996.  He also writes fiction in Pashto and has published two novels and four collections of short stories.

Michael Semple is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Conflict Transformation, Queen’s University, Belfast and is 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 in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1985 and speaks Urdu, Dari and Pashto.  He has worked with international NGOs, the United Nations and the 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.


Photo courtesy of Alistair Paton