The Afghan-Soviet War could be called an “invisible war,” since it is largely unnoticed in the West. Yet more than five million Afghans are refugees, and estimates of the dead range from one to two million. Here two principals of the Mo Tzu Project, a citizens diplomacy endeavor, who have recently visited the Afghan refugee camps on the Afghan-Pakistani border, report the facts as they have observed them. What emerges is an astounding story of chaos and courage, which may offer a unique opportunity for bringing the superpowers closer together. Cabot is a former diplomat; Fuller is past president of Oberlin College and founder of the Mo Tzu Project.
(For other New Dimensions dialogues with Robert Fuller find programs #1803, #1988, #2044, #2091, #2672, #2869, #2891, #2896, #2983, #3069, #3152)
Fuller is president emeritus of Oberlin College and the founder of the Mo Tzu Project and has traveled extensively in communist countries and troubled spots around the world. He earned a PhD in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia University before becoming the president of Oberlin College. He served for many years as chairman of the global nonprofit media organization, Internews. He is the author of Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (New Society Publishers 2003) and All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (Berrett Koehler 2006). To find out more information about the work of Robert Fuller go to www.breakingranks.net. Robert Cabot is a former diplomat.
Program Number: 2044 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 4/1/1987