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Newswise: Keeping the dream alive
Released: 19-Aug-2022 4:00 PM EDT
Keeping the dream alive
Missouri University of Science and Technology

A year ago, Somaya Faruqi huddled in desperation with thousands of other Afghans inside Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, frantically trying to get a flight out of the country after the Taliban returned to power. Today, Faruqi is a first-year student at Missouri S&T, where she plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Newswise: Student strives to be a voice for Afghan women
Released: 7-Mar-2022 4:05 PM EST
Student strives to be a voice for Afghan women
University of Miami

Afghan émigré Zakera Azizi, who was granted a scholarship to earn a master’s degree at the Miami Herbert Business School, recounts her journey to Miami and pledges to use her degree and skills to represent women, especially those in her native country.

Released: 1-Oct-2021 2:45 PM EDT
New Research: Face-to-Face Propaganda Is Most Effective to Influence Public Sympathy to ISIS
American University

A new study shows that face-to-face connections are far more likely to gain new followers for the ISIS Islamic terrorist organization than messaging in traditional or online media.

Newswise: CSU Provides Support for Afghan Refugees in California
Released: 30-Sep-2021 5:55 PM EDT
CSU Provides Support for Afghan Refugees in California
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

The CSU has a long history of showing compassion to those in need, and when California Governor Gavin Newsom announced in early September that the state would take action to support Afghan refugee arrivals, CSU campuses quickly identified ways in which they could help those suffering from the crisis in Afghanistan.

Newswise: It is not just Sharia law: The Taliban, Pastunwali and Afghan Women
Released: 15-Sep-2021 11:20 AM EDT
It is not just Sharia law: The Taliban, Pastunwali and Afghan Women
University of Florida

While the Taliban has roots in an extreme form of Islam, its beliefs and practices are also grounded in the less widely recognized traditional tribal conventions of the Pashtun and it is this customary tribal law that provides the clearest insight into Taliban behavior and ideology regarding gender roles and the position of women.

Released: 1-Sep-2021 1:35 PM EDT
FSU experts available to comment on 20-year anniversary of 9/11 attacks
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: September 1, 2021 | 1:15 pm | SHARE: Twenty years ago, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shocked the world. The attacks led to profound changes in American society, two decades of war in Afghanistan and ramifications that continue to be felt today.Florida State University’s nationally regarded experts in emergency management, homeland security, grief, trauma and religion are available to speak to media about the lingering consequences of 9/11: Audrey Casserleigh, professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program and Senior Fellow at the Center for Disaster Risk Policy aheffron@fsu.

Released: 26-Aug-2021 2:25 AM EDT
News, images from Afghanistan can trigger PTSD in military veterans
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The troubling news and images emerging from Afghanistan as American troops withdraw from the region after 20 years is causing a spike in post-traumatic stress among veterans at home, says UCLA Health psychiatrist Bruce Kagan, MD, PhD.

Released: 16-Aug-2021 5:10 PM EDT
Afghanistan crisis: The Taliban has been preparing for years. Here’s why the US, international community won’t stop them.
Washington University in St. Louis

Over the past few weeks, the Taliban has quickly taken control of major cities throughout Afghanistan, unraveling 20 years of efforts under United States occupation. Fear and uncertainty only intensified after the Taliban installed themselves in the presidential palace in Kabul on Aug. 15.William Nomikos, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St.

11-Feb-2021 12:45 PM EST
Global Poliovirus Risk Management and Modeling
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Launched in 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) stands out as one of the largest, internationally coordinated global public health major projects conducted to date, with cumulative spending of over $16.5 billion for 1988–2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 30 years later, stubborn outbreaks of wild poliovirus still occur in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where cases have been increasing since 2018. The global eradication of polio continues to be an elusive goal.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. This week, I discussed the U.S. role in Afghanistan with Carter Malkasian, former special assistant for strategy to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Barnett Rubin, senior fellow and associate director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

11-Sep-2017 7:00 AM EDT
In a Decade of War, U.S. Military Surgeons Provided More Than 6,000 Humanitarian Surgical Procedures to Afghan Adults
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

In addition to caring for U.S. troops and coalition forces during conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. military surgeons also provided humanitarian surgical care to nearly 6,000 local national Afghan adult patients over the course of a decade, according to a study published Sept. 13 in JAMA Surgery.

Released: 8-Dec-2016 4:05 PM EST
Satellites, Airport Visibility Readings Shed Light on Troops' Exposure to Dust Storms, Pollution
Veterans Affairs (VA) Research Communications

Research lays groundwork for large VA study on respiratory health in Iraq, Afghanistan Vets

Released: 13-May-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Symptoms of 'Chronic Multisymptom Illness' May Be Common in Iraq, Afghanistan Vets
Veterans Affairs (VA) Research Communications

In a Veterans Affairs study of more than 300 enlisted Army National Guard and Army Reserve members who had deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, a majority reported symptoms consistent with a condition known as chronic multisymptom illness (CMI). The data were collected a year after the soldiers returned home.

Released: 13-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT
From Front Lines to the OR, How do Military Surgeons Return to Civilian Medicine?

New paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons lays out what military surgeons need to sustain surgical skills for both environments.

Released: 9-Jul-2015 8:05 AM EDT
Risk Factors for Army Suicide Attempts in Iraq, Afghanistan Identified
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Risk factors for regular Army suicide attempts by enlisted soldiers and officers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been identified, and socio-demographic factors, length of service, deployment history, and the presence and recency of a mental health diagnosis are among the primary predictors, according to a study published July 8 in JAMA Psychiatry. Enlisted Army service members in their second month of service were at greatest risk for attempting suicide.

Released: 25-Jun-2015 9:25 AM EDT
Children with Severe Head Injuries Are Casualties of Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US combat support hospitals treated at least 650 children with severe, combat-related head injuries, according to a special article in the July issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

13-May-2013 9:05 AM EDT
Repeat Brain Injury Raises Soldiers' Suicide Risk
University of Utah

Suicide risk is higher among military personnel with more lifetime TBIs, even after controlling for clinical symptom severity. Results of the study show that multiple TBIs, which are common among military personnel, may contribute to increased risk for suicide.

Released: 6-Mar-2013 4:00 PM EST
Mental Health in Afghanistan: Poverty, Vulnerability Have Bigger Impact Than War, Study Finds
Washington University in St. Louis

A new study on mental health in Afghanistan looks beyond the effects of its 12-year war and identifies the root causes of mental distress and anxiety among its citizens: poverty and vulnerability.

Released: 6-Mar-2013 4:00 PM EST
REINS Act Would Severely Impair Ability to Implement Laws
Washington University in St. Louis

Ronald M. Levin, JD, administrative law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, recently testified on the REINS Act before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. “Under the REINS Act, the dysfunction that now afflicts Congress in the enactment of laws would spread to the implementation of the laws,” he says.

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