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Negotiating Ideas is a Podcast about liberty, democracy, and pluralism in Afghanistan and around the world. I am Omar Sadr, a scholar in exile, forced to flee my homeland overnight due to the Taliban’s brutality. In this podcast, as in my research, I explore how totalitarianism threatens democracy and the ways in which societies reinstitute freedom, democracy, and pluralism. My goal is to create a space for those who value pluralism, democracy, and liberty to find each other to develop solidarity and clarity.

Negotiating Ideas Omar Sadr

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Negotiating Ideas is a Podcast about liberty, democracy, and pluralism in Afghanistan and around the world. I am Omar Sadr, a scholar in exile, forced to flee my homeland overnight due to the Taliban’s brutality. In this podcast, as in my research, I explore how totalitarianism threatens democracy and the ways in which societies reinstitute freedom, democracy, and pluralism. My goal is to create a space for those who value pluralism, democracy, and liberty to find each other to develop solidarity and clarity.

    26. Persecution & Exile: Status of Afghanistan's Academia under the Taliban

    26. Persecution & Exile: Status of Afghanistan's Academia under the Taliban

    Omar Sadr discusses the status of Afghanistan's academia under the Taliban with Haroon Mutasem and Qasim Wafayezada.


    Haroon Mutasem is a Philip Schwartz Initiative fellow at the Law School of Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
    Qasim Wafayezada is a specially appointed professor of peace and conflict studies at Kanazawa University, Japan.



    Readings:

    Haroon Mutasem, PhD Dissertation and Legal Education in Afghanistan

    Qasim Wafayezada Google Scholar



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    25. Academic Freedom and Scholars in Exile

    25. Academic Freedom and Scholars in Exile

    Omar Sadr discusses the status of scholars in exile with Dr Mirwais Balkhi and Dr Bashir Mobasher.



    As we are getting close to the second anniversary of the Negotiating Ideas Podcast in July and the third anniversary of the return of the totalitarian Taliban in Afghanistan, the podcast aims to initiate a second season with a focus on the state of Afghanistan in-exile scholars in the US. Since the fall of the Republic of Afghanistan, numerous academics have fled the country in fear of persecution. Most of these scholars are welcomed in the US academia in the framework of a two-year fellowship funded by either the Scholars Rescue Fund or Scholars at Risk or independent initiatives of universities. In a new academic environment, they not only find opportunities but also several challenges in terms of their career. The second season of the podcast will provide them the opportunity to speak about academic persecution in Afghanistan and their status in the US academia.



    Mirwais Balkhi is a Wilson Center fellow. He is a former Afghanistan minister of education, a former Afghanistan diplomat, and a scholar of international relations. He was a Visiting Scholar of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgetown University-Qatar.



    Dr. Bashir Mobasher is a postdoctoral fellow at the American
    University (DC), an adjunct at the American University of Afghanistan, and an affiliate with EBS Universität. He is the President of the Afghanistan Law and Political Science Association (in-exile) and leads its online education programs for female students in Afghanistan. Bashir is an expert in constitutional design in divided societies and human rights. He has authored, reviewed, and supervised numerous research projects on constitutional law, electoral systems, and identity politics. His recent research projects are centered around decentralization, social justice, and orientalism. Bashir obtained his B.A. (2007) from the School of Law and Political Science at Kabul University and his LLM (2010) and PhD (2017) from the University of Washington School of Law.



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    24. Secularism and Islam with Nader Hashemi

    24. Secularism and Islam with Nader Hashemi

    Omar Sadr and Nader Hashemi discuss Islam and democracy.


    Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 


    Readings:


    ISLAM, SECULARISM, AND LIBERAL DEMOCRACY




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    23. History and Antisemitism with Barnett Rubin

    23. History and Antisemitism with Barnett Rubin

    Omar Sadr and Barnett Rubin discuss Jews history, antisemitism and Zionism.

    Barnett R. Rubin is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Quincy Institute Responsible Statecraft and at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, where he was Senior Fellow and Director of the Afghanistan Regional Program from 2000 to 2020. From April 2009 until October 2013, Rubin was senior adviser to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2001 he served as senior advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan.



    Readings:

    False Messiahs: How Zionism’s dreams of liberation became
    entangled with colonialism.

    The Janus-faced history undergirding the Israel-Gaza conflict


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    • 48 min
    22. Lior Sternfeld on controversies in universities on the Israel-Palestine war

    22. Lior Sternfeld on controversies in universities on the Israel-Palestine war

    Omar Sadr and Lior Sternfeld discuss the recent controversies in the American campus on the war in Gaza

    LIOR STERNFELD is a Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State University.  He is a social historian of the modern Middle East with particular interests in the histories of the Jewish people and other minorities of the region. His first book, titled “Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran,” examines the development and integration of Jewish communities in Iran into the nation-building projects of the last century.

     

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    21. Consociational democracy for Afghanistan with Haqmal Daudzai

    21. Consociational democracy for Afghanistan with Haqmal Daudzai

    Omar Sadr talks to⁠ Haqmal Daudzai on consociational democracy in Afghanistan


    Dr. Haqmal Daudzai is a researcher at the Dutch Royal Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His book, The Statebuilding Dilemma in Afghanistan, the state governmental design at the national level and the Role of democratic provincial councils in Decentralization at the sub-national Level- was published reviews the US/NATO intervention and the subsequent state institutional design at Afghanistan's national and subnational levels since 2001. Dr. Daudzai has previously worked with USAID as a political advisor to the Afghanistan National Parliament in Kabul.


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    The State-Building Dilemma in Afghanistan: The State Governmental Design at the National Level and the Role of Democratic Provincial Councils in Decentralization at the Sub-National Level, Budrich Academic Press, 2021.


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    • 41 min

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