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Join us for a thought-provoking evening looking at issues of war, conflict, and asylum. First, #IR_Aesthetics –a collaborative group of academics- will use photography to explore the daily experiences of refugees navigating the Balkan Route(s) to argue for humanitarian and political action. Then, Dr Andrew Hammond will discuss the reasons why the war in Afghanistan is the longest in American – and Russian - history.
Rethinking Refugee Support: Responding to the Crisis in South East Europe
#IR_Aesthetics (Lecturers in Politics and International Relations, Aston University)
This talk pays particular attention to the Balkan Route(s) within Europe, distinguishing itself from refugee routes in Italy and Spain. #IR_Aesthetics combine field research undertaken since 2017 with interviews conducted with key stakeholders to better understand the living conditions faced by refugees in Europe, and the challenges they face. #IR_Aesthetics suggest that when the autonomy of refugees is supported, through independent living schemes and access to asylum procedures, there is an improved access to basic human rights.
The Longest War in American History
Dr Andrew Hammond (Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University)
The war in Afghanistan is longest war in American history. Indeed, the Trump Administration is in talks at the moment to try to bring the war in Afghanistan to a conclusion for the United States. Why, then, did the war go on for so long? Why, if Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, is it so difficult for the United States to get out? Interestingly, the longest war in the history of the Soviet Union was also – yes, you’ve guessed it – in Afghanistan. This talk will also look at some of the links between these two conflicts.