• A Conversation with Min. Wais Barmak on the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

    Episode 55
    Published: 2022-04-12
    Length: 37:38
    Hosts: Lisa Schirch, Ray Offenheiser

    In today's episode, Lisa Schirch, the Richard G. Starmann, Sr. Professor of the Practice in Peace Studies, and Ray Offenheiser, the Director of the Pulte Institute for Global Development, former Afghan Minister of Interior Affairs Mr. Wais Barmak. Mr. Barmak has served in multiple cabinet level roles including Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan.

    This episode is convened by the Afghan Peace and Development Research Program, a joint program of the Kroc and Pulte Institutes.

    Topics: Afghanistan, Afghan Peace and Development Research Program, Humanitarian

  • Peace Policy Spotlight: Global Counterterrorism Efforts on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    Episode 43
    Published: 2021-09-02
    Length: 42:47
    Hosts: David Cortright

    The bitter irony of the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks makes a re-evaluation of U.S. and global counterterrorism policy more urgent than ever. The latest issue of Peace Policy offers perspectives toward that end with essays by Alistair Millar and David Cortright on guidelines for more effective multilateral cooperation against global terrorism, by Lisa Schirch on peacebuilding principles for preventing violent extremism, and by Naureen Chowdhury Fink on the benefits and challenges of incorporating gender perspectives.

    In this podcast, David Cortright moderates a lively conversation among the authors. Read the full issue at

    Topics: 9/11, Afghanistan, Counterterrorism, Extremism, Gender, International conflict, Taliban, Violence

  • The Current Crisis Facing Afghan Women

    Episode 54
    Published: 2022-03-15
    Length: 46:50
    Hosts: Malalai Habibi

    Malalai Habibi, 2019 Peace Studies alum and Program Officer at the International Civil Society Action Network, hosts a conversation on the realities on the ground for Afghan women after the takeover by the Taliban. Guests include Wazhma Frogh, Founder of the Afghan Women and Peace Studies Organization (WPSO) and Heather Barr, Associate Director of the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch.

    This is the second in a series of podcasts exploring the situation in Afghanistan following the events of August 2021. For more information on the Kroc Institute's Afghan Peace and Development Research Program, visit

    Topics: Afghanistan, Alumni, Gender, Taliban, Women

  • What’s Happening with Afghan Women: An Inside Look

    Episode 50
    Published: 2022-01-25
    Length: 62:00
    Hosts: Malalai Habibi

    Kroc Institute alumna Malalai Habibi (MGA '19), Program Officer at the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), talks with Mahbouba Seraj, Executive Director of Afghan Women Skills Development Center who is joining us from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and director of the London School of Economics Center for Women, Peace and Security, for a conversation about the current situation on the ground in Afghanistan.

    They focus in particular on the impact on Afghan women of the U.S. withdrawal and the country's subsequent return to Taliban control in summer 2021. 

    Topics: Afghanistan, Alumni, Gender, Taliban, U.S. Foreign Policy, Women