"To Be a Friend Is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind""To Be a Friend Is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/259171Chase Auditorium2014-02-17T16:15:002014-02-17T18:00:00
February 17, 4:15PM–6:00PM
Talk by author, Kirk W. Johnson. This event is free and open to the public.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans stepped forward to assist U.S. soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers over the past decade of war, acting as interpreters, engineers, and advisors to America's reconstruction efforts. As the U.S. development program foundered and counter-insurgency tactics alienated the Iraqi and Afghan public, though, they were increasingly viewed as traitors to their country.
Despite their immense value to America's interests, as soon as they began to petition the U.S. government for refuge, they were met by a bureaucracy that viewed them as potential terrorists. With the war in Iraq a distant memory and the withdrawal from Afghanistan gathering speed, the Iraqis and Afghans are now tarred with a stigma that is both lethal and generational.
Kirk W. Johnson will discuss the efforts of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies in confronting both Republican and Democratic resistance in Washington, the state of humanitarianism in an America-in-withdrawal, and a brief history of bureaucratic abandonment in past wars.
Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy.
Prior to the List Project, Johnson served in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development, first in Baghdad, and then in Fallujah as the Agency’s first coordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city.
He has received fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. Prior to his work in Iraq, he conducted research on political Islamism as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. Johnson received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2002.
The talk will be followed by a book signing and dinner in the CPGC Cafe.
Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.
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