The United States is now engaged in the longest war in its history: The war in Afghanistan. In its ninth year, the war is becoming increasingly bloody and costly, with increasing casualties for both Afghans and US-NATO soldiers. What is now being viewed by many analysts as a complete fiasco is only compounded by the dramatic escalation of the war into Pakistan, with unmanned US drone attacks violating Pakistani sovereignty on a weekly basis. What has emerged in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, however, is fierce Islamist resistance composed of different groups challenging US power and the Pakistani state's collaboration in American designs in the region. US President Barack Obama has faithfully kept his promise to fight this "good war" in "AfPak". Assessing and analysing the politics and consequences of the US "War on Terror" in this critical region is crucial to understanding the trajectory of US power in the world, and the stability of two crucial countries in Southwest Asia. This seminar will contribute to such an understanding.
Date: 4th of August 2010
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: AMEC Seminar Room
Address: 38 Louw-Geldenhuis Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg