Professor of Anthropology, Boston University and President of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies
Afghanistan's future looks ever more unpredictable as international forces move toward a planned drawdown in 2014. Many security and foreign policy analysts in Afghanistan and abroad fear a return of civil war and international isolation.
Three questions now dominate international attention: are the Taliban likely to retake power after international forces withdraw? will President Hamid Karzai's government and armed forces be able to retain power? and what role will Afghanistan's neighbors — esp. Pakistan, India and Iran — play in the country's future?
Boston University Professor Thomas Barfield, author of the recent book Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History and a leading American analyst of Afghanistan, will address this critical issue in a seminar at the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies.