A conference, film screening, and art exhibition at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University between May 5-7, 2011.

The Watson Institute brought together leading journalists, filmmakers, artists, policy makers, and scholars to engage multivalent perspectives on regional histories and contexts, problems of militarization, and democratic possibilities relating to Afghanistan.

A project of the Brown Afghanistan Working Group, this event was convened by Shiva Balaghi, Michael Kennedy, and Ashutosh Varshney. BAWG student Research Assistants are Amanda Labora (summer 10), Colby Smith (2010-11), Steven Damiano (2010-11), Chantal Berman (Spring 2011), Benjamin Hyman (Spring 2011)

Engaging Afghanistan is organized with support from the Social Science Research Council?s Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program and the Peter Green Lectures. The Peter Green Lectures on the Modern Middle East are funded by a gift from Peter B. Green AM ?80 P ?99 ?01, former trustee of the University. Green is chairman of ?Greenaap Consultants Ltd., the Dublin-based investment vehicle that manages the assets of Green and his family. SSRC?s Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program supports collaborative projects advancing informed conversations on Islamic traditions and Muslim communities. The program encourages partnerships that foster innovative projects promoting public engagement and collaborative activities with nonacademic partners, including practitioners, policymaking institutions, and media groups.