Afghanistan crisis media coverage


Since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August 2021, tens of thousands of Afghans have desperately tried to flee the country. For those left behind, life under the Taliban remains uncertain. Our faculty has been vocal on the urgent need to address the Afghanistan crisis, with a focus on the risks that the Afghan’s health care system is facing. Below you can find our media coverage and analyses.

Additionally, faculty members of our parent institution, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, provided an in-depth analysis of the crisis, more information here.

13 September Afghanistan needs international support. But what kind? (The New Humanitarian). Opinion piece by Prof Karl Blanchet, Ahmad Shah Salehi, Sayed Ataullah Saeedzai and Prof Bertrand Taithe.

12 September – Health care in Afghanistan is crumbling, aid groups warn (The New York Times). Opinion piece by Prof Karl Blanchet.

8 September – The women and children of Afghanistan need urgent assistance (The BMJ Opinion). Opinion piece by Ahmad Shah Salehi, Prof Karl Blanchet and others.

6 September Afghan healthcare under threat from international aid freeze (The New Humanitarian). Commentary featuring Prof Karl Blanchet.

31 August – Afghan Women, Serial Wars and Imperial Violence. Analysis by Prof Julie Billaud

26 August – Urgent health and humanitarian needs of the Afghan population under the Taliban (The Lancet). Call to action signed by several experts including Prof Karl Blanchet. (Summary in French and press release).

17 August – In the midst of the Taliban conquest: The dedication of Afghanistan health care workers and professionals. Blog post by Prof Karl Blanchet.