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Former Afghan interior minister to speak, Oct. 20

Ali Ahmad Jalali, the former interior minister of Afghanistan, will speak on "Afghanistan: Post-Elections" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Jalali spent more than two decades in exile in the United States, where he worked as a political analyst and journalist for the Voice of America's Pashtu- and Persian-language services in Washington, D.C. Jalali graduated in 1964 from the U.S. Army Infantry Advance Course at Fort Benning, Ga., and was an adviser to Afghan rebels during the 1980s war against Soviet troops occupying Afghanistan.

He returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and became President Hamid Karzai's interior minister in early 2003, heading efforts to build a national police force.

Jalali has written extensively about the Afghan military for scholarly journals and the mass media. His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Near Eastern Studies and Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination.

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