Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff is the Executive Director and co-founder of People Demand Change Inc., a socially responsible aid and development startup that focuses on monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian aid and development programming, supporting the capacity of nascent civil society organizations and providing long-term aid and development solutions in the MENA region, including work in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Tunisia. The former Executive Director at the Syrian Emergency Task Force and a journalist with Congressional Quarterly, Mr. Ghosh-Siminoff has spent a great deal of time on the ground in Syria. He has given many briefings on Syria to various international institutions and governments, including the United States, Canada, and Germany.
In this episode of “Roamings and Reflections,” humanitarian assistance and international development expert Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff joins host Nicholas Heras to recount the massive effort to evacuate Afghans as the Taliban seized Kabul. Ghosh-Siminoff provides an account of one of the most unique civil society efforts in U.S. history as America’s “forever war” in Afghanistan came to a chaotic end.
Opposition-held Idlib continues to experience a massive humanitarian crisis that is unlikely to abate any time soon, despite the current Turkish-Russian brokered cease-fire.
As the Middle East keeps lurching from one crisis to another, the U.S. government’s traditional view of these crises – through a “nation-state first” lens – and engagement in these crises with said lens will likely continue producing policy failures or dead ends.
Kamran Bokhari sits down with Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff, the Executive Director and co-founder of People Demand Change Inc, to discuss the situation in Northwestern Syria.