SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

The Western withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014: the consequences for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the wider region

Ahmed Rashid

Date: 17 January 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 17 January 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

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Please note this event starts at 6.30pm.

All welcome. No reservation required. 

Ahmed Rashid, one of the best-known writers and commentators on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, will speak on this critically important subject. His unparalleled knowledge of this complex region, and his deep insights into the issues involved, mean that his views will be as riveting as they are perspicacious.

Ahmed Rashid has been writing in detail on this area since 1979. He is the author of five books which have won numerous awards. Among the titles are the best-selling ‘Taliban‘ (2000) and ‘Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia’ (2008), both of which are on course lists at over 200 universities and defense colleges around the world. Others include ‘Jihad’ (2002) and ‘The Resurgence of Central Asia’ (1994)’ and, most recently, ‘Pakistan on the Brink, The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan’ (2012). He writes regularly for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Spain’s El Mundo, BBC Online and several Pakistani publications. Described as “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” by the influential writer and thinker Christopher Hitchens, Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010. He is member of the Board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and has also served on the Board of Advisers for the International Committee of the Red Cross for five years.

Chaired by Sir William Blackburne & Dr Rahul Rao.

This event is co-hosted by The Pakistan Society and SOAS Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.

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