Date & Time: September 13, 2021 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Location: Virtual & Blodgett Hall, Lecture Hall 201

Join a discussion with Jonathan Cristol about the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Taliban lost control of Afghanistan when they departed Kabul on November 13, 2001, and retook control on August 16, 2021.

Over the past twenty years, over 150,000 Afghans and 7,500 NATO personnel were killed in the conflict. Was it worth it? While women and girls have gained liberties and freedoms unimaginable under Taliban rule, Al Qaeda has more members today than it did on 10 September 2001. What was it all for? What went wrong in the chaotic days (before and) after the Taliban re-entered Kabul? What could have been done differently? And, who are the Taliban anyway? This talk will answer those questions—and yours—to provide some historical and political context to the images emerging from Afghanistan over the past few weeks.

Sponsored by: Political Science, International Relations, and Levermore Global Scholars.

For Zoom information contact: Greg Miller at

About the Speaker

Jonathan Cristol

Jonathan Cristol

Jonathan Cristol teaches courses on international relations in the Levermore Global Scholars Program and the Political Science Department at Adelphi University. He is the author of the 2019 book The United States and the Taliban before and after 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan).

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