SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

The Afghan Conundrum: Intervention, Statebuilding and Resistance

Central Asian Survey - cover
Jonathan Steele (Guardian), Aziz Hakimi (SOAS), Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS)

Date: 5 December 2013Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 5 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

Launch of Special Issue of Central Asian Survey on Afghanistan

with speakers

  • Jonathan Steele (Guardian)
  • Aziz Hakimi (SOAS)
  • Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS)
  • Chair by Prof Magnus Marsden (University of Sussex)
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The Afghan Conundrum: Intervention, Statebuilding and Resistance


Speakers' Biography
Jonathan Steele

Jonathan Steele is an international affairs columnist who has reported regularly from Afghanistan. As Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Guardian he first visited Kabul in 1981 during the Soviet occupation, and has been back during every subsequent regime.  A graduate of Cambridge and Yale, Steele was the Guardian's Bureau Chief in Washington in the 1970's and in Moscow during perestroika and the fall of Communism.  He has written books on South Africa, East Germany, Soviet foreign policy, Russia under Yeltsin and Gorbachev, and the American occupation of Iraq.  His most recent book is Ghosts of Afghanistan: the Haunted Battleground, an eyewitness analysis of thirty years of war and destruction.

Jonathan Goodhand

Jonathan Goodhand studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester, with qualifications in education as well as development -BA PGCE(Birmingham) MSc (Manchester) and PhD (Manchester). He worked for some years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict situations in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and has extensive experience as a researcher and advisor in South and Central Asia for a range of NGOs and aid agencies, including DFID, SDC, ILO and UNDP. His research interests include the political economy of aid and conflict, NGOs and peacebuilding and ‘post conflict’ reconstruction.

Aziz Hakimi

Aziz Hakimi is a PhD Candidate in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is also a guest researcher at CMI in Bergen. His PhD research is focused on US counterinsurgency and local militias in Afghanistan. His most recent publications include Hakimi, Aziz A. 2013. “Getting Savages to Fight Barbarians: Counterinsurgency and the Remaking of Afghanistan.”  Central Asian Survey 32 (3) (October): 1–18 and Hakimi, Aziz, and
Astri Suhrke. 2013. “A Poisonous Chalice: The Struggle for Human Rights and Accountability in Afghanistan.” Nordic Journal of Human Rights 31 (2): 201–223.


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