Afghanistan Under the Taliban 2.0: What Does the Future Hold?

February 23rd,2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Baher Ghosheh,Ph.D.

After 20 years of war, the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has ended, The U.S., having fought for two decades, spent trillions of dollars and sacrificed thousands of American lives and thousands more injured before leaving Afghanistan to an uncertain future. The Taliban took over the government and country much faster than our military and regional experts expected. How will Afghanistan fare under the "new" Taliban rule? Will the gains achieved in education, health care, women's rights, and democratization be preserved or are they vanishing with the departing foreign troops? Will the Taliban allow Al Qaeda, and ISIS to use the country as a base of operations again? 


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Baher Ghosheh,Ph.D.

Dr. Baher Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from SUNY-Buffalo and has been a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, cultural and economic Geography at Edinboro University since 1989. He has graduate degrees in International Relations/Middle Eastern Studies, International Trade, and Comparative Economic Development. A native of Jerusalem, Dr. Ghosheh has lived in eight countries, traveled to fifty-nine countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. He has authored one book, book chapters on Russia and the Middle East, and 60+ articles on the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore and was selected as the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year and Edinboro University’s Educator of the Year. He serves on the JES Board of Trustees. As a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society, he is currently working on a book focusing on Demographic Trends and Immigration Patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania 1960-2020.