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Image for Ali Behdad interviewed about Afghan Scholars at Risk
Sep. 9, 2021. “[Afghan scholars] are facing tremendous repression and possibly expulsion from universities,” said Center for Near Easern Studies Director Ali Behdad to Los Angeles-based NPR affiliate KCRW. “I think that scholarship and scientific inquiry are, by definition, secular practices.” Behdad is leading the effort to help fund visiting scholar positions for Afghans at UCLA.
Image for James Gelvin discusses ongoing crisis in Afghanistan
Aug. 27, 2021. In an interview with KTLA (Los Angeles), UCLA historian James Gelvin discusses the U.S. withdrawal and the major players on the ground in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, ISIS Khorosan, al-Qaeda and local militias.
Image for The likely impacts of resettling Afghan refugees
Aug. 26, 2021. Writing in the Washington Post, Margaret Peters (chair, Global Studies Program, UCLA International Institute) and David Leblang (UVA) contend, "In the long run, resettling Afghan refugees could help not only their new host countries but also the people who remain in Afghanistan." Migrants are likely to increase trade with and investment in Afghanistan, send money home and, eventually, transfer grassroots organizing skills and democratic expectations to people who remain in the country.
Image for U.S. withdrawl from Afghanistan
Aug. 16, 2021. Ben Radd, research fellow at the Center for Middle East Development and lecturer in political science at UCLA, is interviewed about the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on Spectrum News.