Human Security and Agency: Reframing Productive Power in Afghanistan

Human Security and Agency

Join us in a book launch about a new approach to human security, where physical and economic stability exist alongside military might.

About this Event

Published by Rowman and Littlefield, Human Security and Agency investigates how human security manifests itself in the context of Afghanistan and explores the factors that promote and impede its development. To that end, scholar and policy practitioner Nilofar Sakhi examines whether the development of productive power is an effective approach to human security implementation in a country that has experienced numerous development programs, which were designed and implemented to build communities and protect their security.

The objective of this book is to move beyond a simple exploration of the causal relationship between human security, structures, and agency and investigate the factors that either promote or impede the implementation of human security. It employs multiple methods of systematic inquiry and engages literature on the socioeconomic and political context in Afghanistan to understand the factors that influence the agency of production, creativity, and control that individuals possess. The combination of well-grounded empirical work and theoretical insights makes this book an invaluable introduction to the study of human security.

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About the Speaker

Nilofar Sakhi is a Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also the Director of Policy and Diplomacy at McColm & Company. Dr. Sakhi is a scholar and policy practitioner who has written extensively on various aspects of transnational security and managed a wide range of development programs including human security, democracy and governance. Her regional expertise is on South Asia, and Afghanistan with focus on regional security architecture. She has been involved in Afghanistan Peace Processes since 2010 and remains a regular commentator and writer on multitrack approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding in Afghanistan. Dr. Sakhi holds a Ph.D from George Mason University.


About the Moderator and Discussant

Benjamin D. Hopkins is an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. A historian of modern South Asia, he specializes in the history of Afghanistan and British imperialism on the Indian subcontinent. He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous books on the region, including Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State. Professor Hopkins has directed the GWU Sigur Center for Asian Studies since 2016 and holds a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.