Afghanistan

  • 9/11 and Afghanistan: A 20 Year Retrospective

    Join Dr. Hayat Alvi of the U.S. Naval War College and Dr. Mark Jacobson of Syracuse University to reflect on the events of September 11th, 2001 and the war in Afghanistan twenty years later.  

  • Afghanistan Beyond the War with Adela Raz

    Rebroadcast Dates: September 27-October 3, 2021 Original Air Dates: December 23-29, 2019 Afghanistan is known to most Americans as the site of America’s longest war.  Since 2001, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to fight extremists and hunt down the perpetrators of 9/11.  But Afghanistan is more than the war. Ambassador Adela Raz has a unique perspective on her country’s rich history and … Read More

  • 2021 Fall Event Series Announced

    We are pleased to announce our 2021 fall event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and be notified when tickets become available.  While we currently plan … Read More

  • Uncovering the Secret History of the War in Afghanistan with Craig Whitlock

    Air Dates: September 6-12, 2021 It’s been 20 years since the attacks of 9/11.  Next month, we’ll mark the 20th anniversary of the arrival of American troops in Afghanistan who toppled the Taliban regime and hunted down Osama bin Laden.  Now, as American combat troops leave Afghanistan, we sit down with Craig Whitlock who has pieced together the secret history—warts and all—of America’s war in a land long-called “the graveyard … Read More

  • Afghanistan Beyond the War with Adela Raz

    Air Dates: December 23-29, 2019 Afghanistan is known to most Americans as the site of America’s longest war.  Since 2001, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to fight extremists and hunt-down the perpetrators of 9/11.  But Afghanistan is more than the war. Ambassador Adela Raz has a unique perspective on her country’s rich history and insights about its future. Ambassador Raz is the … Read More

  • The Press and the War in Afghanistan with Katherine A. Brown

    Air Dates: May 20-26, 2019 America’s war in Afghanistan is the longest war in the history of the United States.  Katherine A. Brown served on the staff of the U.S. ambassador there in the years after 9/11 and she argues now that the role of the American press in Afghanistan is essential to understanding the conduct of the war.  Brown is the author of a compelling new book about the … Read More

  • The Fighters – Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

    Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and former Marine infantry officer C. J. Chivers has been covering the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq since their beginnings, back to being on scene minutes after the first passenger jet struck the World Trade Center in 2001. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in 2017 he won the Pulitzer … Read More

  • Banner with the title "Lessons Encountered: Learning From the Long War"

    Lessons for the Next President from America’s Wars of the 21st Century

    Joseph J. Collins, Ph.D., Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University Professor Collins’s research effort began with two questions from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: what were the costs and benefits of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and what were the strategic lessons from those conflicts. His presentation will cover the difficulty of learning from experience and then outline the strategic lessons derived from our experience in … Read More

  • Pell Center Prize winner Javier Manzano speaks from the podium during an event for the acceptance of his award.

    Witness: Photographer and Filmmaker Javier Manzano Receives 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Newport, R.I. – One day in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012, Javier Manzano was in a car driving along a road.  He found himself in one of the world’s most dangerous places because he is a photojournalist and there was a story to tell. As they drove, he saw the road in front of him erupt as a Syrian Air Force bomb detonated.  His car screeched to a halt and as … Read More

  • Soldier placing American flag at the base of each stone in Arlington National Cemetery.

    Picks of the Week: Memorial Day

    General John Kelly’s Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb | Business Insider Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60 | Reuters Honor the Fallen | Military Times As I write this, the sun is rising on the green woods behind my home.  My dog is lying on a chair next to me, snoring.  I’m well fed and I have enough to drink.  I … Read More