As the last American troops left Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban, a regime that the U.S spent 20 years and billions of dollars fighting, returned to power. Women’s rights activists and legislators fled the country in fear for their lives. The Taliban banned girls from attending high school & college. How did we get here & what will happen next? In this hard-hitting talk, political geographer Jennifer L. Fluri analyzes the U.S.'s missteps in Afghanistan, starting with its failure to listen to the women and men of Afghanistan.
Jennifer L. Fluri is a political geographer, Fulbright Scholar, and Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She’s published 30+ peer reviewed articles and co-authored three books: “The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and other American-Afghan Entanglements,” “Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context,” and “Engendering Development: Capitalism and Inequality in the Global Economy.” Her current research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines gender, security, and development in Afghanistan with a focus on Afghan women’s leadership.