June 02, 2007

AFGHANISTAN:Re-Assessing the Taliban's 2007 Offensive

Presenter:
Dr. Brian Glyn Williams
Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Chair:
Glen Howard
President, The Jamestown Foundation


Tuesday, June 5, 2007
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Jamestown Foundation
1111 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036


A new phase appears to be opening in Afghanistan--not the much awaited "spring offensive" of the Taliban, nor the "normalization" hoped for by the Afghan government and NATO forces. Rather, an atmosphere of apprehension and insecurity has cloaked the war-torn country, as Taliban fighters are embedding themselves among the locals in rural villages and a new wave of suicide bombing has sent ripples of uncertainty across the country.

Having just returned from his third research expedition to Afghanistan, The Jamestown Foundation is pleased to host Dr. Brian Glyn Williams for a lecture on the Taliban's "spring offensive" and the West's battle for the "hearts and minds" in Afghanistan. His most recent field work, which was designed to coincide with the Taliban's heralded spring offensive, focused on Taliban suicide bombings and terrorism. He will also discuss the roles of the warlords, al-Qaeda, Iraq and Western political and military responses to the mounting Taliban insurgency. Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and a regular contributor to Jamestown's Global Terrorism Analysis program.


As space is limited, reservations are required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to: rsvp-jun5@jamestown.org.

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