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Barnett Rubin - September 11, 2007

Barnett Rubin

Director of Studies and Senior Fellow Center on International Cooperation New York University

"What Is at Stake in Afghanistan?"

8:00 PM Tuesday, September 11, 2007
University Theatre

Dr. Rubin is the author of The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System (2002) and seven other books. A leading authority on Afghanistan, he will discuss the effects of the deteriorating situation in that country on the United States.

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"The Wars in Afghanistan: The Post-Imperial Transformation of a Regional State System"

3:40 PM Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with Barnett R. Rubin. After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1982, he taught political science at Yale University. In 1990, he moved to Columbia University to become the Director of the Center for the Study of Central Asia. From 1994 to 2000 he served as the Director of the Center for Preventive Action and as the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 2000 he has been at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, where he directs the program on the Reconstruction of Afghanistan. In November-December 2001, he served as special adviser to the U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, during the negotiations that produced the Bonn Agreement. The U.N. sought his advice on the drafting of the constitution of Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Compact, and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. He currently is chair of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (a program of the Social Science Research Council), a member of the Executive Board of Human Rights Watch/Asia, and the Board of the Open Society Institute’s Central Eurasia Project. His book publications include:

  • The Search for Peace in Afghanistan: From Buffer State to Failed State (1995)
  • Toward Comprehensive Peace in Southwest Europe: Conflict Prevention in the South Balkans (1996)
  • Cases and Strategies for Preventive Action (1998)
  • Post-Soviet Political Order: Conflict and State Building (1998)
  • Stabilizing Nigeria: Sanctions, Incentives, and Support for Civil Society (1998)
  • Calming the Ferghana Valley: Development and Dialogue in the Heart of Central Asia (1999)
  • The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System (2002; 1st ed. 1995)
  • Blood on the Doorstep: The Politics of Preventing Violent Conflict (2002)

His articles on conflict prevention, human rights, and state formation have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Orbis, Survival, International Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books. He is a frequent guest on The Lehrer News Hour.