Edward Girardet is a writer and producer who has reported widely from many different humanitarian aid and conflict zones in Africa, Asia, and across the globe since the late 1970s. Working as a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, US News and World Report, and "The McNeil/Lehrer News Hour," Girardet first began covering Afghanistan several months in advance of the approaching Soviet invasion of 1979.
Girardet will tell the story of Afghanistan's resistance fighters, foreign invaders, mercenaries, spies, aid workers, Islamic extremists, and others who have defined the country's last 30 years of war, chaos and strife. In addition, Girardet will discuss global reporting, explaining why democratic societies cannot afford to do without quality journalism and why our lives, our jobs and our futures depend on it.
Girardet has contributed to a number of documentaries about such topics as the war in Angola, the lost tribes in Western New Guinea and environmental issues across Africa. He is the founding director of the Institute for Media and Global Governance in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also an editor of Crosslines Essential Media Ltd. He has contributed to many publications, including National Geographic magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Financial Times.
Girardet has written and edited several books including "Afghanistan - The Soviet War," "Somalia, Rwanda, and Beyond," "Populations in Danger," and the 1998, 2004 and 2006 editions of "Afghanistan: Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Humanitarian and Conflict Zones."
Girardet's appearance is sponsored by ASMSU, the MSU Leadership Institute, and the Department of Political Science. For more information, visit www.montana.edu/leadership, or call (406)994-7275. Doors to the event open at 3:30 p.m. and close at 4:05 p.m.
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