University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies Joint Panel Discussion: "Perspectives on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan"


Tue, 09/14/2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


A special webinar event sponsored by the Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, the Arizona Law Chapter of the American Constitutional Society and the Immigration Law Students Association at the James E. Rogers College of Law
"Perspectives on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan"
Tues. September 14, 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (MST)

Aisha Wahab, Councilmember, City of Hayward


Aisha Wahab is a community leader fighting for solutions to put the American dream within our reach. When

she won her seat on Hayward City Council in 2018, Aisha made national headlines as the first Afghan-American woman elected to public office in the United States. As Mayor Pro Tempore & City Council Member of Hayward, Aisha has implemented policies that reduce economic inequality, expand homeownership opportunities, support small businesses, and strengthen safety nets for renters, workers, and foster youth. Aisha ran for Hayward City Council to amplify the voices of renters and build a community that everyone can afford to call home. She was proud to earn the greatest number of votes for the city council in 2018. She continues to work as an advocate and organizer for seniors, women, and children. Aisha is dedicated to addressing issues including housing affordability, civic engagement, education, and economic inequality. Prior to her career in public service, Aisha worked at non-profits, community organizing, and technology. Aisha previously served as the Chair of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and a Board Member for the nonprofits Afghan Coalition, Abode Services, and Tri-City Volunteers. She has also served as an Alameda County Public Health Commissioner and an organizer and speaker at the Bay Area Women’s March. In 2013, she was selected to join the White House Roundtable of Afghan-American Leaders.


David N. Gibbs, Professor

University of Arizona Department of History


David Gibbs is a professor of history at the University of Arizona. A former MacArthur Fellow, his writings have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and have been translated into 11 foreign languages. His authored First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. 2009 and Serbo-Croatian translation published in 2010, by Zorana Stojanovića PublishersThe Political Economy of Third World Intervention: Mines, Money, and US Policy in the Congo Crisis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. He also authored the chapter Afghanistan and the Politics of Quagmire: A Retrospective Analysis of US Policy, in Adenrele Awotona, ed., Rebuilding Afghanistan in Times of Crisis: A Global Response. London: Routledge, 2019. He is now completing his third book, to be entitled: How America Became a Right-Wing Nation: Politics in the 1970s. And in 2019, he debated Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security at the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University on the topic of humanitarian intervention.




Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs


Dipali Mukhopadhyay is an associate professor in the global policy area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on the relationships between political violence, state building, and governance during and after war. She is currently serving as senior expert on the Afghanistan peace process for the U.S. Institute of Peace. She is the author of Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Kimberly Howe, and Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan(Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her scholarly publications also include articles in Conflict, Security and Development, International Negotiation, Perspectives on Politics, as well as a series of book chapters in edited volumes. She is vice president of the American Institute of Afghan Studies and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining the Humphrey School, Mukhopadhyay was on the faculty at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs from 2012 to 2020. In 2016, she was a visiting scholar at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.




Anne H. Betteridge
Director, UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies and
Professor, UA School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies

An anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Anne H. Betteridge is Director of the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a faculty member in the UA School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies. She served as Executive Director of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) from 1990-2002. Her research interests focus on Iranian culture and society, and women and ritual in particular. She is currently Co-Chair of the Council of National Resource Center Directors (CNRC); the CNRC includes 96 Title VI National Resource Centers in all world areas, funded by the US Department of Education. She was elected in 2016 and again in 2018 as Vice President of the American Institute for Iranian Studies. Anne previously served on the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies; on the Academic Steering Committee of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University; on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Persianate Studies; and chaired the National Council of Area Studies Associations.



Eunice Lee
Associate Professor of Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Eunice Lee is an Associate Professor of Law at the Universityof Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. As both a legal scholar and anthropologist, she focuses on migration, citizenship, and borders in her research. Professor Lee co-directs the law school’s Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program and its newly-launched Immigration Law certificate program. She is also co-organizer of the Citizenship & Migration Collaborative Research Network of the Law & Society Association.