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Pulitzer Center Update February 22, 2010

Afghanistan: The Human Factor, 2/22-2/25

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In 2008, there were over 2,100 civilians casualties across Afghanistan. US airstrikes accounted for...

Moderated by Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


Vanessa Gezari's forthcoming book assesses the US military's Human Terrain program, which embeds social scientists and anthropologists with troops in Afghanistan. Her reporting has been featured on NPR and in The Washington Post Magazine.

Jason Motlagh's reporting focused on civilian casualties, with on-the-scene accounts on the aftermath of coalition attacks in western Afghanistan last summer. His reporting has been featured in TIME, The Economist, The Virginia Quaterly, and The New Republic.

Journalist/filmmaker Nir Rosen tackles conventional wisdom in "The Limits of Counterinsurgency," contending that the results in Iraq were less than advertised and likely to be worse still in Afghanistan. His reporting has been featured in Mother Jones and Boston Review.

Monday, February 22, 2010: Washington, DC

George Washington University Lindner Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderator Sean Aday, Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy & Global Communication

Sean's work focuses on the intersection of the press, politics, and public opinion, especially in relation to war and foreign policy. He has published widely on subjects ranging from the effects of watching local television news to coverage of Elizabeth Dole's presidential run to media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010: NYC

Columbia University, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Graduate School of Journalism

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Responder: Dr. Hassan Abbas, Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor at Columbia University's South Asia Institute

Dr. Hassan Abbas is currently a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society's New York headquarters and the Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor at Columbia University's South Asia Institute. His latest book, Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on Terror (M.E. Sharpe) has been on bestseller lists in India and Pakistan and was widely reviewed internationally.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010: New Haven

Yale University, Davenport College Common Room

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Mark Oppenheimer directs the Yale Journalism Initiative and teaches in Yale's English and Political Science departments. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and others.

Thursday, February 25, 2010: Cambridge

Harvard University, Belfer Building, Land Hall, 4th Floor, JFK School of Government

Responder Rory Stewart, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights and Policy

Rory Stewart is the Ryan Family Professor of the Practice of Human Rights and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He has presented BBC documentaries, been a visiting columnist for The New York Times and written extensively on intervention. In 2005, he moved to Afghanistan where he founded the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, an NGO dedicated to Afghan traditional crafts and the regeneration of the historic commercial center of Kabul.
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Since 2007, an experimental Pentagon program has been sending teams of civilian anthropologists and...

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Nir Rosen embedded with American troops in Afghanistan to observe the COIN strategy first-hand, and...

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