Afghanistan: The Current Situation through a Historical Lens
H.E. Dr. Zahir Tanin is the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Tanin serves as Vice President of the 65th Session of the General Assembly. He has also served as a Vice Chair of the Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian Committee since 2006.
During his time at the United Nations, Tanin has delivered many statements on subjects of concern to Afghanistan before the Security Council and the General Assembly. Before his appointment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tanin worked for 11 years with the BBC. He is a graduate of Kabul Medical University, and began his career in 1980 working as a journalist in Kabul.
Tanin co-authored The Communist Regime in Afghanistan, a study of the political and social changes in Afghanistan from 1978 to 1992. He produced a landmark 29-part program, The Oral History of Afghanistan in the 20th Century, which was broadcast on the BBC.
This Provost’s lecture will be held on Thursday, November 4, at 4:30 pm in the Center for Global Studies and Human Development Multipurpose Room.