FARGO — Roby Barrett, a fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Forum at Cambridge University and a scholar with the Middle East Institute in Washington, will give a presentation on Afghanistan starting at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Anishinaabe Theater in the Memorial Union of North Dakota State University.

The event will be a public forum hosted by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute.

Titled "Afghanistan and its Implications," Barrett's presentation will place Afghanistan and the United State's long-standing conflict there following 9/11 in a broader and more strategic framework.

Barrett plans to talk about how the events of 9/11 drove a failed effort to transform Afghanistan into a "sovereign" state and how an understandable obsession with the global war on terror obscured broader strategic interests and undermined other more important priorities.

Barrett is the author of numerous books and articles on the Middle East and Southwest Asia including "The Cold War and the Greater Middle East," and "The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony."

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Masks and social distancing are required for in-person attendance.

The Oct. 12 presentation will also be viewable over Zoom at the following web address: https://ndsu.zoom.us/j/97744056659?pwd=bkVhOE1RTDloczV3NThqbXZRUnJYUT09.

The Zoom meeting ID is: 977 4405 6659 and the passcode is: 002523.