Supporting Afghan Scholars Abroad

What can scholars in the United States do to support Afghan scholars in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal?
What challenges need to be overcome to provide these Afghan scholars these important opportunities to continue their studies abroad?

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili discusses actions and challenges to supporting Afghan scholars abroad.  Following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, many scholars left the country as part of a larger academic diaspora.  Often, these scholars have struggled to adapt to new institutional cultures.  Furthermore, they find permanent academic positions hard to find.  However, opportunities and initiatives do exist.

Murtazashvili is director of the Center for Governance and Markets and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Her research focuses on issues of governance, security, political economy, and public sector reform in the developing world.

Murtazashvili is the author of Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press).  The book received the Best Book Award in Social Sciences by the Central Eurasian Studies Society and an honorable mention from the International Development Section of the International Studies Association. Her second book Land, the State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan (with Ilia Murtazashvili) is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. She is the president-elect of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.  She is also an elected board member of the Section for International and Comparative Public Administration of the American Society of Public Administration.

This video on supporting Afghan scholars abroad is a part of an ongoing initiative by the Hollings Center.  The recording coincides with a dialogue in 2022 supporting Afghanistan’s higher education.  Click here for more Hollings Center higher education initiatives.


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