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Alworth Institute Memorial Lecture

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests and normally delivered during the second semester, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.


Dorronsoro2010 Alworth Memorial Lecture

“Is it time to negotiate with the Taliban?"

Dr. Gilles Dorronsoro spoke on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at UMD. Dorronsoro is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and is an expert on Afghanistan, Turkey, and South Asia. His research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan, particularly the role of the International Security Assistance Force, the necessary steps for a viable government in Kabul, and the conditions necessary for withdrawal scenarios. Previously, Dorronsoro was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne, Paris and the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes. He also served as the scientific coordinator at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the co-founder and editor of South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. He is the author of Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present (Columbia University Press, 2005), and La révolution afghane, des communistes aux Taleban (Karthala Publishers 2000), and editor of La Turquie conteste. Régime sécuritaire et mobilisations sociales (Editions du CNRS, 2005). Dorronsoro is also an associate member of the French Institute of Anatolian Studies. At the time of his visit to UMD, he will have just completed a trip to Afghanistan.

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Dr. Gilles Dorronsoro - Memorial Lecture
“Is it time to negotiate with the Taliban?"

May 5, 2010

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