Afghans engaged the forces of global capitalism past and present

On November 20, 2014 AIAS hosted a talk by Dr. Robert Crews.

This talk explored controversies over capitalism in Afghan intellectual and political debates.  Tracing key shifts in Afghan elite thinking about markets, state management, and social justice from the 1930s, it highlighted the post-2001 period of capitalist institution building as a radical departure from previous ways of imagining the Afghan economy and as a flash-point for future political struggles.

Dr. Robert Crews is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of *For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia* (Harvard University Press, 2006).  He has also co-edited *The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan* (Harvard University Press, 2008) and *Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands* (Harvard University Press, 2012). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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