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The Middle East Studies Forum invites you to the webinar
‘Negotiating Securitised Aid in the Fragile State of Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s challenges in negotiating subnational aid allocation with its donors (Australia and Germany 2002-2018)’
presented by Safiullah Taye from the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University.

From 2002 to 2018, nearly USD 90 billion of aid had been pledged by over three scores of countries and international organisations for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Despite the noticeable progresses achieved during this time, Afghanistan’s security and economic indexes remain amongst the lowest in the world. Whilst foreign assistance continues to flow into the country, donors and the Afghan government have also been loggerheaded over disbursement modalities, conditionalities, and transparency issues.

In explaining the sources to some of these tensions, the thesis that is the basis for this webinar focuses on Australia and Germany’s subnational aid allocation in Afghanistan and the challenges of the Afghan government in negotiating with these two donors between 2002 and 2018. Specifically, the research asks: how has the Afghan government and its donors negotiated subnational delivery of aid in Afghanistan?

You can access the webinar flyer here.

Speaker bio:

Safiullah Taye is a PhD candidate at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University. His thesis focuses on negotiating foreign aid delivery at subnational level in the fragile state of Afghanistan. He has an Executive Master’s degree in Energy and Resources and a Bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown University. Safiullah’s op-eds have been published in Aljazeera, The Conversation, The Diplomats, The Globe Post and International Peace Studies Center.

Forthcoming Publication: Taye, S., & Ahmed, Z. S. “Dynamics of trust and mistrust in the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship”, Asian Studies Review.


11 March 2021
Melbourne: 4-5pm GMT+11
Kabul: 9:30-10:30am GMT+4.5
Please join us via Zoom*

Please RSVP to by the 9 March 2021

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