Pell Center to hold lecture on the 20-year aftermath of Sept. 11, war on Afghanistan
The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy’s fall 2021 lecture series is offering an event entitled “9/11 and Afghanistan: A 20-Year Retrospective,” which will be given by Dr. Hayat Alvi, associate professor of the U.S. Naval War College, and Dr. Mark Jacobson, assistant dean of Syracuse University.
On August 30, 2021, the last U.S. plane departed Afghanistan, ending America’s 20-year war there. Through the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, through the operations in Afghanistan, and finally through the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces, personnel and allies, there are questions to be asked and lessons to be learned.
Dr. Alvi and Dr. Jacobson will reflect both on the conflict and legacy of America’s longest war.
Dr. Hayat Alvi joined the U.S. Naval War College in 2007 and is a civilian associate professor in the National Security Affairs Department there. Previously, she served as an assistant professor in the political science at American University in Cairo, Egypt, from 2001-2005 and served as director of the International Studies Program at Arcadia University from 2005-2007.
Dr. Alvi specializes in international relations, political economy, security and strategic studies, and comparative politics with regional expertise in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. She also specializes in Islamic studies, terrorism and counterterrorism, and genocide studies. She spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria, from 1993-1994 and is proficient in Arabic and Urdu.
Dr. Alvi has published numerous articles, books and book chapters. Her most recent works include, “Nonviolent Activism in Islam: The Message of Abul Kalam Azad” and “The Political Economy and Islam of the Middle East: The Case of Tunisia.”
Dr. Mark R. Jacobson serves as the assistant dean for the Washington Program, as well as overseeing year-round academic programs for Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, located in its Washington, D.C., headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He most recently served as the John J. McCloy Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College, and prior to that at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Dr. Jacobson previously served as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, as the first deputy NATO senior civilian representative for Afghanistan and as a presidential management intern. Dr. Jacobson also worked on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Dr. Jacobson has served in both the Army and Navy reserves with mobilizations to Bosnia and Afghanistan. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, King’s College at the University of London and Ohio State University, where he earned a doctorate in military history. Dr. Jacobson is also a non-resident senior fellow at Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.
Registration and more information can be found on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page.
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