• Lecture: Establishing Political Legitimacy in Afghanistan

Lecture: Establishing Political Legitimacy in Afghanistan

07 March 2012

SOAS, London

Afghan conceptions of what makes a government legitimate are fundamental to bringing peace.        

This year's Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture - "Problems in Establishing Political Legitimacy in Afghanistan: 1500-2012" - will be given by Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology of Boston University.  He is President of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies.  His latest book is "Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History"  (Princeton 2010).

Afghanistan has been the focus of attention since the international intervention of 2001 which toppled the Taliban.  However, over the past decade, little heed has been paid to the country's culture and history in attempting to restore political stability there.  This lecture examines how some Afghan rulers have successfully established political legitimacy and maintained long periods of peace, while others have failed.  It still holds valuable lessons, particularly regarding transitions of political authority in the wake of foreign invasions.

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square.

Free event - all welcome.  No registration required.

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