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Symposium on Syria and Afghanistan: Part II
Wednesday, February 07, 2018, 06:00pm - 08:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Avenue, Room 120
Columbus, Ohio 43201

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Amr Al-Azm, Associate Profeswsor of Middle East History and Anthropology, Shawnee State University

Alam Payind, Director, Middle East Studies Center, The Ohio State University

Richard Herrmann, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University


From 1979 to 1989, Soviets occupied Afghanistan to prevent its client state form collapsing. Currently Russia is treating Syria as a client state in some similar ways. Afghanistan remains a struggling democracy, often falling into "failed state" category since that time. The Syrian state - perhaps even worse - is currently almost nonexistent in terms of functional centralized institutions.

This symposium will dig deeper into the two countries' situations, answering such questions as:

  • How is Turkey's recent intervention changing the dynamics in Syria?

  • Why is the security in Afghanistan deteriorating even more rapidly?



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