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9th Sinews of Sustainable Development-Lecture Series: What is the future of international development in the wake of the catastrophic climate finance crisis?

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  • UserCristina Lamb, OBE / Lord Peter Ricketts / Prof Pauline Rose / CHAIR Rt. Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP / PRINCIPAL Dr Nazia M Habib, FRSA
  • ClockThursday 02 December 2021, 18:00-19:30
  • HouseLive on Zoom.

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SPEAKER

Cristina Lamb, OBE International Author and Foreign Correspondent

Lord Peter Ricketts Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom

Prof Pauline Rose Director of Cambridge Global Challenges, University of Cambridge

CHAIR

Rt. Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield

PRINCIPAL

Dr Nazia M Habib, FRSA Research Centre Director Centre of Resilience and Sustainable Development (CRSD), University of Cambridge

ABOUT THIS EVENT

In the wake of the catastrophic climate finance crisis, American retreat from Afghanistan, and the dismembering of DFID and the slashing of aid for the world’s poorest people by the Conservative government in the UK, the future of international development is looking very different. The stunning victory of the Taliban following the chaotic and humiliating capitulation by the United States and NATO in Afghanistan has set back development in that country by decades.

As the US military scrambled to withdraw from Kabul on 29th August 2021, one of its drones killed 10 innocent civilians, including seven children. “The strike was a tragic mistake”, the Pentagon admitted on 17th September.

According to a recent study by Brown University, the total cost of the war in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2022 (and future commitments) amounts to US$2.3 trillion. Al-Qaeda was crushed after 9/11, but the Taliban is back in charge and has banned girls from secondary education and even from playing football and cricket. What does all this say now about the sustainability of international development policy?

This interactive, online Sinews of Development event, which is open to all and free to attend, will be staged by the Centre of Resilience and Sustainable Development (CRSD) at the University of Cambridge. We will explore the implications of the Afghan disaster and the pusillanimity of Western leaders with a panel of leading experts.

Where do we go now in terms of international development? What are the important lessons that the West must learn? What are we really trying to achieve? What should we be thinking about now? What do these developments mean in terms of the rise of China and its influence in emerging economies? And the roles of Russia, Turkey, and Iran? To what extent is the Western projection of progress, development, and democracy a failed experiment? How do we turn this around?

CRSD Team Centre of Resilience and Sustainable Development Department of Land Economy University of Cambridge

This talk is part of the Centre of Resilience and Sustainability Development (CRSD) series.

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