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Former U.N. adviser to speak on Afghanistan

Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

This lecture was rescheduled from Feb. 12.

"A Regional Approach to Afghanistan" is the title of a lecture to be delivered by political scientist Barnett Rubin, who advised the United Nations on the drafting of Afghanistan's constitution, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

In 2001, Rubin served as an adviser to the U.N. special representative of the secretary-general for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, during the negotiations that produced the Bonn Agreement to rebuild the country after the U.S. invasion. Rubin advised the United Nations on the drafting of the Afghan constitution as well as a national development strategy.

Rubin, who has written numerous books and articles on Afghanistan, currently is the director of studies and a senior fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. He also has been director of the Center for Preventive Action and director of peace and conflict studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a faculty member at Columbia and Yale universities.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

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