When foreign militaries withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31, hundreds if not thousands of researchers and civil society members were left behind. In the UK, many of these people were prioritized for evacuation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, known as ARAP, but they never got out. What has happened to those who were left behind?
Today Brad Blitz joins me to talk about his work on the Afghan Solidarity Coalition. Brad details this unfolding human tragedy as well as reflects on his own work on migration and forced displacement. He questions the meaning of equal university partnerships when one side does not protect the other, and encourages listeners to donate to the International Civil Society Action Network, which is trying to evacuate thousands of Afghans who are currently in danger. You can donate here.
Brad Blitz is a professor of international politics and policy and head of the Education, Practice and Society department at the UCL Institute of Education. That’s the same department where I work. Brad is technically my boss.
Citation: Blitz, Brad, interview with Will Brehm, FreshEd, 257, podcast audio, October 11, 2021. https://freshedpodcast.com/blitz/