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October 2021

‘Afghanistan and the Future of American Foreign Policy:’ A Conversation with Ambassador P. Michael McKinley

October 27 at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (Ret.) shares his experience with the U.S. Foreign Service and his thoughts on the current state of American foreign policy. Register Ambassador P. Michael McKinley (Ret.) served as the U.S. ambassador to Peru (2007-2010), Colombia (2010-2013), Afghanistan (2014-2016) and Brazil (2017-2018). His earlier postings include assignments in the United Kingdom, Mozambique, Uganda and Belgium. As deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (2004-2007), McKinley helped conclude the EU-U.S.…

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Ending the Longest War: America’s Wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan in Comparative Perspective

October 28 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In 2021 the United States declared an end to its military operations in Afghanistan and announced the withdrawal of US troops. While many in the media have heralded this as the end of America’s “longest war,” many others would argue that America’s military engagement in Vietnam was just as long and just as fraught – both for those who fought and for the country in conflict. Additionally, as the Taliban quickly conquered the whole of Afghanistan in August 2021, observers…

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December 2021

Book Talk: Dr. Waleed Ziad in conversation with Rustin Zarkar (virtual)

December 2 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The remarkable discoveries of over 300 new varieties of local copper currency from the Sakra region in northwestern Pakistan, covering a 700-year period, have opened up new vistas in the study of Gandhara in late antiquity. This monograph introduces the native Sakra copper coinage, which can be dated from ca. 500 to 1100, corresponding to the Nezak, Turk Shahi, Hindu Shahi, and Ghaznavid periods. Dr. Waleed Ziad is Assistant Professor and Ali Jerrahi Fellow in Persian Studies in the Department…

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