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Afpak File: How Has The Coronavirus Pandemic Played Out In Afghanistan?

June 4, 202043:32

Afghanistan, like so many other countries around the world, is confronting the challenge of a global pandemic.

With its poor public health system and large-scale poverty, Afghanistan is particularly vulnerable. To make matters worse, it might fight the pandemic even while it grapples with war and political instability.

The latest episode of The AfPak File podcast takes stock of the on-the-ground situation with COVID-19 in Afghanistan and discusses what the implications may be domestically and for US policy.

Joining the panel are Mahbouba Seraj, a women's rights activist in Kabul; Rateb Noori, news bureau manager for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghanistan service; and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Muhammad Tahir, media manager with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington, DC, moderates the discussion.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.

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Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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