Discussing Afghanistan: A Conversation with Dr. Farid Younos
August 2, 2012
Talking to students and community members about a topic that is of great relevance to the American people, Dr. Farid Younos, author and television personality, addressed the issue of Afghanistan’s conflicting situation and its impact on the United States.
The event was sponsored by USF World’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies (CSDS) on Thursday, July 26 at the University of South Florida. As part of the Center’s lecture series on National Security, the discussion with Dr. Younos was moderated by Dr. Mohsen Milani, the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies. The conversation began with a first-person account of Dr. Younos’ experience as an Afghan during the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. Pointing out the differences between the Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s majority ethnic group, and other ethnic groups, like the Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks, he then offered his views as a Muslim and a social scientist on the domestic issues that have affected Afghanistan’s international standing.
After the discussion, Dr. Younos answered students’ questions on Afghanistan’s political figures and the country’s present government. He emphasized that in order to address and solve the many pressing problems facing Afghanistan, we must understand the history and culture of the country.