ANTH 360
Lessons Learned from Afghanistan on Governance and Development Spring 2023
Division II

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Following the Taliban takeover and the US withdrawal, Americans have been quick to wipe from memory that the twenty year-long conflict in Afghanistan. This case of willful amnesia is unfortunate, not least because ignoring history ensures that past mistakes will be repeated. Without question, much went wrong, and it’s important to learn from those mistakes. It’s also the case that much went right, and it’s equally important to recognize what was achieved in Afghanistan, even if those accomplishments have been overshadowed by the events of last summer. This course seeks to recover from the detritus of state collapse both the positive and negative lessons that can be learned from America’s engagement in Afghanistan. This course will include students from Williams and the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), and will be taught in collaboration with a team of Afghan alumni from Williams’ Center for Development Economics who were directly involved in the state-building project in Afghanistan over the last two decades.
The Class: Format: seminar/conference; The class will be held in collaboration with the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), and AUAF students will also be participating in this class. Due to the fact that AUAF students are in different time zones, the class will likely hold at least one additional meeting each week outside of normal class hours, which Williams students will be expected to attend.
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3592
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions and post responses and questions on each week's topic. Williams and AUAF students will work together in the preparation of their final projects, which will be research papers on a topic chosen and developed in consultation with the instructor.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: There will be 15 Williams students and 15 AUAF students in the class. Enrollment preference for Williams students will be given to ANSO majors and students who have taken courses related to the subject matter of the course.
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