Panel on Afghanistan

Rapid-Response Event
Robert D. Crews and Anila Daulatzai
Aug 24, 2021 at - | Online Event: Zoom



Four American presidential administrations. Two decades of war. A fundamental misreading of the geopolitical realities of Afghanistan. A humanitarian crisis as the country falls into the hands of the Taliban.

As the situation in Afghanistan continues to unfold, it is more important than ever for us to come together as a community. Join us for an important conversation.


Robert D. Crews is an historian whose research and teaching interests focus on Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, Russia, Islam, and Global History.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received an MA in History from Columbia University and a PhD degree in History from Princeton University. He is the author of Afghan Modern: The History of a Global Nation (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2015) and  For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia and co-editor of Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2012) and The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2008). His work has also appeared in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, and The New York Times. 

Anila Daulatzai is a socio-cultural anthropologist and the Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Berkeley. She has taught in prisons, and in universities across three continents. She has been conducting research in Afghanistan as well as with Afghan refugees in Pakistan since 1995. Between 2006 and 2013 she carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Kabul and taught at Kabul University and at the American University of Afghanistan. Her past and current research projects look at widowhood, heroin use, and polio through the lens of serial war.  She is currently completing her book manuscript provisionally titled War and What Remains. Everyday Life in Contemporary Kabul, Afghanistan. 

In collaboration with the South Asia Center and the LLM Program at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

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