From the outside the conflict in Afghanistan has been painted as a war between pro-democracy forces and Islamist fanaticism. It is, however only one small part of the larger and much older conflict—between Kabul and rural Afghanistan, between the attraction of the modern world on the one hand and traditional Afghanistan on the other.
Drawing on his Afghan and Muslim roots, author Tamim Ansary will explain a centuries-old internal Afghan struggle the world has never fully understood. He will shed light on a country desperately trying to find its identity, while undermined by its own demons, plagued by a 40-60 year cycle of invasion by outside forces and constantly at the center of an ill-informed international political debate.
If you are a parent and would like to attend this lecture, please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at the high school.
Tamim Ansary is the author of Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the numerous publications including San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, and the Los Angeles Time.