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How can the new administration succeed in Afghanistan?

Abdulkader Sinno, February 12, 2009

5:00pm - Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall

Professor Sinno will explain the recent intensification and success of the resistance to United States and NATO in Afghanistan and address the following questions:

  • Why did the insurgency in Afghanistan take several years to intensify and why is it becoming stronger now?
  • What are the factors favoring the Taliban and their allies and what are the challenges they face?
  • What are the factors favoring the United States and NATO and what are the challenges they face?
  • What are the policy options for the United States and NATO in Afghanistan and how could events unfold in the future?

Abdulkader Sinno is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and was a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His first book, Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond (Cornell University Press, 2008) develops an organizational theory to explain the evolution and outcomes of civil wars, ethnic strife and other territorial conflicts. He organized an international conference at Indiana University on Muslims in Western Politics and is the editor of a volume on the same topic (Muslims in Western Politics, Indiana University Press, 2009). He is preparing a new book manuscript on Muslim representation in Western liberal democracies. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French and has knowledge of Hebrew. He has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern politics, Muslims in the West, conflict processes and state building, research design, and comparative politics.

Refreshments will be served.

Lecture followed by book sale and signing.

Co-sponsored by the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Arab Student Organization (ASO), Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Heinz College and the International Development Group.