Today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Thomas Barfield “Establishing Political Legitimacy in Afghanistan”

Join Thomas Barfield, author of Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, today for an afternoon presentation at 4:00 P.M. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Co-sponsored by The Asia Program and The Middle East Program, the event will also feature commentary from J. Alexander Thier, Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Institute of Peace, and William B. Wood, Faculty Advisor at National War College and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007-09).
The Details:

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010      4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Thomas J. Barfield
Professor of Anthropology, Boston University

J. Alexander Thier
Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Institute of Peace
William B. Wood
Faculty Advisor, National War College,
And Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007-09)

Throughout its history, Afghanistan has demonstrated an ability to recover its political equilibrium after foreign invasions and state collapse. The situation today, however, appears quite different. Dr. Barfield will discuss how current efforts to restore stability in Afghanistan have lost sight of historical parallels; how past rulers derived their legitimacy; and whether U.S. definitions of political legitimacy in Afghanistan today have weakened, rather than strengthened, America’s role in the country.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

RSVPs are NOT necessary.  Please allow for routine security procedures when you arrive at the Center. A photo ID is required for entry. The Center is located in the southeast wing of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. The closest Metro station is Federal Triangle on the blue and orange lines. For detailed directions, please visit the Center’s website.