Please join the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at the Harriman Institute for its fall-semester conference on the theme "Afghanistan, Russia, and the U.S.: Then and Now."
October 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, ending Moscow’s decade-long intervention there. It also marks the 15th anniversary of the start of ongoing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan after 9/11. It is thus a fruitful time to reflect on the relationships between Russia, the United States, and Afghanistan in both a historical and contemporary perspective, and the different but connected contexts of these two eras.
The preliminary conference schedule is below.
9:30am: Welcoming Remarks:
Kimberly Marten (Director, Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College)
Austin Long (Conference Organizer, and Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University)
9:45-11:45: Contemporary Afghanistan
Colin Jackson (Associate Professor of Strategy & Policy, Advanced Naval Strategy Program, U.S. Naval War College)
Dipali Mukhopadhyay (Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University)
Arturo Munoz (Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation)
Rajan Menon (Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science, City College of New York)
1:30-3:15: Panel 2: Afghanistan and the Cold War
David Edwards (James N. Lambert '39 Professor of Anthropology, Williams College)
Benjamin B. Fischer (former Chief Historian, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
Odd Arne Westad (S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
3:15: Concluding Remarks