CGM Announces Afghanistan Project


On December 2, 2021, the Center for Governance and Markets launched the Afghanistan Project (AP), an initiative that provides an intellectual home to scholars and policy thinkers who fled Afghanistan following the United States withdrawal and subsequent Taliban takeover of the country. The Afghanistan Project is operated by CGM, a global policy research center located at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The collapse of the Afghan government in August 2021 forced thousands of Afghans to flee the country, leaving families and loved ones behind. These events also led Afghan scholars and researchers to abandon the rich intellectual community they helped build over the past two decades. 

CGM established the Afghanistan Project as an intellectual home for displaced scholars to continue their work in exile. The Afghanistan Project is a platform for Afghan scholarship, a hub for Afghanistan policy thinking, and a beacon of Afghan research from around the world. To read more about the project’s goal, visit our website

The Afghanistan Project began formally with the arrival of Professor Omar Sadr, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University of Kabul, at CGM. Sadr represents Afghanistan's new generation of thinkers, a leading scholar on political reform, constitutionalism, and pluralism and the author of Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan (Routledge, 2020). Three more scholars will be joining the Afghanistan Project in the coming weeks, some of whom are still negotiating their escape from Afghanistan.  

Participate in this initiative and help CGM welcome at-risk Afghan scholars to their new academic community. To support CGM's mission of bringing additional Afghan scholars to the University of Pittsburgh, donate here.

CGM is grateful to partners at the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund and the generous support of an anonymous donor that has made this project possible.