Making Sense of Afghanistan

September 14

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Sie Complex, Room 5025, Maglione Hall

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student0,  Faculty,  Families,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

For the last 20 years, the United States has been at war with the Taliban in Afghanistan, initially in response to the attacks of 9/11. America’s swift and turbulent withdrawal from the country has placed Afghanistan squarely in the hands of the Taliban as troops scrambled against an August 31 deadline to get U.S. citizens and Afghan allies out of the country.

How do we make sense of these recent events and those that precipitated them? What have we learned? And what will be the impact on U.S. foreign policy and affairs going forward?

Join Fritz Mayer, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a panel of Korbel School experts as we examine these events from many different angles.


Deborah Avant is the Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy at the Korbel School and director of the Sié Center. Her research has focused on counterinsurgency, and the roles of non-state actors in controlling violence and generating governance. She is also president-elect of the International Studies Association.

Naazneen Barma is the Director of the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, Scrivner Chair, and Associate Professor at the Korbel School. A political scientist, her work focuses on peacebuilding, foreign aid, and political economy. She is author of The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States.

David Goldfischer is an Associate Professor at the Korbel School whose teaching and research focuses on the nuclear danger, globalization and security, human rights and security, U.S. Middle East policy, and threats to liberal democracy.

Kyleanne Hunter is a Marine Corps combat veteran with multiple deployments as an AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan. She finished her active-duty time in the Marine Corps’ Legislative Liaison Office in the House of Representatives. She is as Assistant Professor of Military and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the co-director of the Athena Leadership Project. She holds a B.S. Georgetown University, and a M.A. and Ph.D.  from University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Andrea Stanton is Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver where she is also Associate Professor for Islamic Studies and Digital Religion. She is interim director of the Center of Middle East Studies within the Institute of Comparative and Regional Studies at the Korbel School.

Moderated by:

Frederick "Fritz" Mayer, Dean of the Josef Korbel School