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CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION State, Nation, and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

Title
CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION State, Nation, and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Elizabeth Leake # University of Leeds
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Date and Time
12th Mar 2020 16:00 - 12th Mar 2020 17:30
Location
Violet Laidlaw Room 6th Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.csas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2019_2020/cancelled_due_to_strike_action_state,_nation,_and_the_soviet_invasion_of_afghanistan

Abstract:

This paper explores the multiple, frequently competing visions of statehood and national identity that emerged among Afghans as a consequence of the Soviet invasion, 1979-89. It examines the accompanying war as, on one hand, the cause of new disputes and negotiations around Afghanistan’s place in local, regional, and international politics and, on the other, as the consequence of long-term conflicts about ethnicity, society, and political ideology among Afghans. The paper considers how the Soviet intervention created a moment for actors within and outside Afghanistan to assert alternative models of statehood and advocate diverse views of who was ‘Afghan’, and what this entailed. The paper ultimately reflects on the conflict in Afghanistan not merely as a moment of fragmentation but rather as one of opportunity and disappointment for a host of Afghan nation-state-builders.

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