The WorldBoston organization hosts the second in its series of four global affairs discussion groups on Tuesday night at the Boston Public Library. The topic is timely: what's ahead for Afghanistan and Pakistan?
The speakers are:
-- Professor Ayesha Jalal, who is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and also Director of the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts, and;
-- Razia Jan, Humanitarian and founder of Zabuli School for girls in her native Afghanistan
WorldBoston, which is the Boston branch of the World Affairs Council, describes the topic this way: "Newfound hopes for stability in Iraq have shifted the U.S. military focus back to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one of the most volatile border regions in the world. What impact will this renewed interest have on the two states as well as on U.S. defense strategy?"
This is the second of four monthly sessions that make up WorldBoston's Great Decisions Global Affairs Education Program, which celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2009. The Great Decisions program is sponsored by the New York-based Foreign Policy Association, a non-profit group that encourages Americans to learn more about the world -- as does WorldBoston in our community.
The seminars are being held in the Mezzanine Conference Room of the BPL, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.They are free and open to the public.
Next month's seminar, on April 14, will focus on the global food crisis, with a presentation by Dr. Aysen Tanyeri-Abur, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Head Advisor in International Affairs, Northeastern University.
The final Great Decisions program is on May 12, and will focus on Cuba after Castro. The speaker has not yet been determined, according to the WorldBoston web site.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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