Enduring Freedom? The 20-year mission in Afghanistan

Join the University of Southampton’s History department for an interactive event on the 20-year mission in Afghanistan.

Thursday 7 October 2021 marks the twenty-year anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan – the NATO operation endorsed by the UN Security Council following the 9/11 attacks.

The mission, which initially saw the United States lead a coalition of forces to remove al-Qaeda’s safe haven and overthrow their Taliban hosts, expanded into a two-decade nation building effort, the failure of which was laid bare by last month’s chaotic withdrawal of all NATO forces, the return of the Taliban to power, and the presence of not one, but two competing terrorist organisations in the form of al-Qaeda and the regional ISIS-affiliate, IS-K.

To mark this anniversary, scholars from the University of Southampton’s History department are hosting an online event to explore the operation from four perspectives:

“As known in history as the graveyard of empires”: Was the failure of Enduring Freedom’s nation building effort inevitable? – Dr Chris Fuller
Cherie and Laura Lift the Veil: the women and girls of Afghanistan and the language of the War on Terror – Dr Charlotte Riley
“Never out of the fight.” Hollywood’s representation of American foreign policy in Afghanistan – Olivia Flint, PhD candidate
Decent and indecent intervals: comparing the fall of Saigon and the fall of Kabul – Professor Kendrick Oliver
You will have the opportunity to voice your own thoughts on the topics discussed through interactive polling and comments.

The event will broadcast on YouTube Live, but registration is required to access the exclusive URL.

You will receive joining instructions in the confirmation email and in all event reminders.

Ticket holders can also directly access the event on the Online Event page in Eventbrite.

This event is organised by the History Department at the University of Southampton and is taking place as part of the pre-festival events of Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival, 11 – 20 November 2021.

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