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Afghan Refugees: Drivers, Challenges, Solutions (virtual event)
Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Over 65 million human beings are refugees today. A humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions. And, their challenges are constantly
evolving. Based on the speaker’s engagement with the UN and immersion in Afghanistan, the Afghan refugee situation will be explored. What are the drivers of this migration? What will happen in the future? What is the role of the UN? What are options for compassionate response?
Meet our presenter: Naysan Adlparvar is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Anthropology Department at Yale. He completed his PhD, in 2015, at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies. Naysan’s thesis documented the effects of conflict and post-2001 political reconstruction upon identity and interethnic relations in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Valley. He was previously the Rice Faculty Fellow (2017-18) and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-17) with Yale’s Council on Middle East Studies. Naysan was also an Academic Visitor (2018) at Oxford University’s Middle East Centre.
Naysan’s primary research interests surround the nature of social relations in conflict-affected and transitional contexts. This includes not only research on ethnicity, religious affiliation and gender, but also examination of processes of social cohesion and peacebuilding. In 2016, he published an article entitled ‘The Evolution of Ethnicity Theory: Intersectionality, Geopolitics and Development’ that discusses the development of, and potential new frontiers of research in, ethnicity theory. Naysan is currently preparing his PhD as a book and a series of journal articles, whilst also preparing a special issue of Iranian Studies that focuses on contemporary manifestations of identity in Afghanistan.
Naysan has previously worked for non-governmental organizations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq conducting research and providing technical advice. His work has focused on poverty reduction, community development, gender, and issues pertaining to social inclusion. Naysan currently works with UN’s Crisis Bureau in New York delivering policy and practical guidance on support to governments in fragile and conflict-affected settings.