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Journalist David Rohde Lecture Nov. 14 on Afghanistan, Pakistan

On November 14, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde will deliver a lecture on America's experience in Afghanistan and Pakistan entitled "America, Afghanistan, and Pakistan: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Headed?" It will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hampshire College’s East Lecture Hall in Franklin Patterson Hall.

“This is the tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, and it’s also a period when the war faces some major changes,” said Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare. “It’s a moment to look back at U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, and look ahead to what’s going to happen when U.S. troops draw down.”

Rohde, now with Reuters, has written for the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. In 1996, while working for the Monitor, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his coverage of the Srebrenica massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian War. Arrested by Bosnian Serb authorities while investigating, Rohde was the first outside witness of the massacre’s aftermath. His experiences are the subject of his 1997 book, Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II.

In 2008, Rohde shared a second Pulitzer Prize for the New York Times' team coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His writings included pieces on the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, the Abu Ghraib prison, and Baghram Air Base. While researching a book about the history of American involvement in Afghanistan in November 2008, Rohde was kidnapped by members of the Taliban. He escaped in June 2009 after seven months in captivity. Rohde’s book, A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides, is co-written with his wife Kristen Mulvihill and provides details of the kidnapping from both of their perspectives.

Sponsored by the Five College Peace and World Security Studies program, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Michael Klare at mklare@hampshire.edu.

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