Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future
Martine van Bijlert and William R. Polk
Friday, October 18, 2013
2000 M Street NW
Conference Room A
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Please join us in a lively discussion on how Afghanistan’s rich history will affect its future with two experts who have over 80 years of combined experience analyzing the country’s historical and socio-political context. Both will emphasize the urgent need for a negotiated peace settlement involving all sectors of Afghan society to avoid a slow descent into chaos and intensified civil war.
William Polk is an eminent historian who was sent to Afghanistan in 1962 as a member of President Kennedy’s Policy Planning Council to carry out a strategic assessment and has since written extensively on Afghanistan’s “living history”.
Martine van Bijlert is co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network and has lived and worked in Afghanistan since the late 1990s when the Taliban occupied most of the country. She often serves as the first point of contact for journalists arriving in Kabul seeking to understand Afghan politics.
For any questions, contact Meg Kiernan at (202) 232-3317 or [email protected]
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020