• Kabul Calling: Transition in Afghanistan: Live Public Event 11.00-13.00 BST

Kabul Calling: Transition in Afghanistan: Live Public Event 11.00-13.00 BST

16 May 2012

This event, organised by the ODI's Humanitarian Policy Group, will take place only days before the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21 where world leaders will gather to discuss Afghanistan.  It is a public event which will be screened live online.

‘Kabul calling’ will bring together panels in London and Kabul to provide an alternative agenda to the one in Chicago by focusing on the humanitarian implications of the withdrawal of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan.

Panellists will explore the humanitarian consequences of the troop drawdown.  They will discuss how a political settlement can best be facilitated and what form it should take to secure the most favourable humanitarian outcome for the Afghan people.  They will also examine what ‘transition’ will mean for Afghans. 

Follow #Kabulcalling on Twitter for live coverage

SPEAKERS IN KABUL - via video or teleconference (technology dependent)

  • Dr Sima Samar – Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission


  • Lucy Morgan Edwards - author of 'The Afghan Solution' and former political adviser to the EU Ambassador to Kabul
  • Dr Stuart Gordon - International Development Department, LSE and co-author of the UK Government's Helmand Road Map
  • Chair: Nick Schifrin - ABC London correspondent and former Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent

An ODI Humanitarian Policy Group public event. The Overseas Development Institute is a leading British independent think tank concentrating on international development and humanitarian issues.