Speaker - Noah Coburn

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Noah Coburn is a traditional justice specialist for USIP in Kabul, who works with USIP's Afghan partners to implement pilot programs that examine the relationship between the formal and informal justice sectors throughout Afghanistan. Coburn has a PhD in anthropology from Boston University where he focused on local political structures and violence in Afghanistan. From 2006-2008 he spent 18 months doing ethnographic research in the Shomali Plain, tracing the way disputes were resolved, the struggle for political and economic resources and the relationship between the state and local political networks. His dissertation, "Potters and Warlords in an Afghan Bazaar: Political Mobilization, Masterly Inactivity and Violence in Post-Taliban Afghanistan," looks at how the local political landscape shapes violence.

Since first coming to Afghanistan in 2005, Coburn has also conducted research for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit on elections and popular perceptions of the state, and collected oral histories for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Additionally Coburn has done work for nongovernmental organizations in Honduras, Afghanistan, Romania and the Republic of Georgia. Coburn holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. in regional studies from Columbia University.

1 Program

Peace vs. Human Rights: Settling with the Taliban

04.01.10 | 02:04:17 min | 2 comments