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Elisabeth Leake (Leeds) ‘Rethinking the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan’
November 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 20th November, 16:15
Jessop West G:03
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was one of the most significant events in the end of the Cold War in the non-Western world. It had major consequences for Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, and international politics, both during the end of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. It also created one of the biggest refugee crises of the twentieth century. This paper focuses on the impact of the Soviet occupation on the Afghans who chose to flee their homeland and settle in nearby Pakistan and Iran. It derives from a broader project that rethinks the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in local, regional, and global politics and explores the ways that different actors conceived of Afghan statehood and political identity. This paper specifically explores the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan as a humanitarian crisis and considers how the conflict shaped the daily lives of Afghans in exile.