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Online Event: The State of the Kabul Airlift

Scott R. Anderson
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2:41 PM

On Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. EST, the Lawfare Podcast hosted a live panel of individuals working to evacuate vulnerable Afghans from Kabul’s international airport to learn about the state of their efforts and what still needs to be done.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Micah Hackett watches a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, May 5, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

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For now, the United States and its allies remain in control of Kabul’s international airport, where they are engaged in a race against the clock to evacuate both their own nationals and at least some vulnerable Afghans. Meanwhile, a network of private citizens and civil society organizations has stepped up to try and help Afghan friends and allies still trapped in Afghanistan to help find their way to the airport and ultimately to safety overseas.

On Thursday, August 19, at 1:00 p.m. EST, Lawfare Senior Editor Scott R. Anderson sat down for a live recording of the Lawfare Podcast with several people involved in this unprecedented effort, including: Camille Mackler of the Truman Center for National Security and the Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative; Susannah Cunningham of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; and Chris Purdy of Human Rights First. Thanks to the Truman National Security Project for helping to connect us and make this discussion a reality.

You can watch the event here and below:

Scott R. Anderson is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow in the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School. He previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and as the legal advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

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