On October 12, the Russian Centre of FSS hosted a lecture delivered by Dr. Andrey Kortunov via Zoom. The lecture, entitled “What It Would Take to Fix Afghanistan”, was the second of the lecture series presented by Russian Centre to the UM community this academic year.
In August, Taliban forces rapidly took control of virtually all of Afghanistan following the United States military withdrawal. The domestic changes in Afghanistan are affecting the geopolitical shift in Central Asia, and have also aroused great concern from major countries in the world. In this lecture, Dr. Kortunov introduced his recent research, and shared his view on what it would take to ‘fix’ Afghanistan – from the new leadership and from the international community, as well as its ramifications for Eurasia.
Professor Edmund Li Sheng, Director of Russian Centre, introduced the speaker at the beginning of lecture. Dr. Kortunov holds a PhD in History. Since 2011, Dr. Kortunov has been the Director General of the academic think tank Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.