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Afghanistan: Games without rules

 Public Lecture

Thursday 24th January 2013, 6.30pm to 8pm, Room NAB.2.06, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Mr Tamim Ansary

Chair: Professor Athar Hussain

Today, most Westerners see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real; but it sits atop an older struggle, between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam.  In his new book Games Without Rules,, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every 40 to 60 years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Focusing on key events and personalities, Games without Rulesprovides revelatory insight into a country at the centre of political debate.

Mr Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop. is the author of and , among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the TomPaine.com, Edutopia, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

Professor Athar Hussain| is Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries please email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

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