America’s Continuing Entanglement with Afghanistan: Why We Should Care
Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Westminster College - Gore School of Business 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City
(This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here for the campus map: Building #4, best parking is located in Lot A.)
On August 15, 2021, Dodge Billingsley received an urgent message from an Afghan special forces officer he knew. Less than 24 hours later, Dodge was working with a variety of U.S. military and other government agency individuals to expedite the rescue of Afghan individuals who were being hunted by the newly victorious Taliban. Soon after, Dodge established a nonprofit called Global QRF dedicated to rescuing and sustaining vulnerable individuals in conflict areas. He has made multiple trips into Afghanistan during the 20-year conflict and remains on the front lines of the effort to save vulnerable Afghans from starvation, retribution, and extra-judicial killings from the new Taliban government.
UCCD is proud to welcome Dodge Billingsley as our guest speaker for the World Affairs Speaker Series as he discusses America’s continued entanglement with Afghanistan and why we should continue to care.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dodge is a subject matter expert and analyst for the U.S. Army. He has published dozens of related articles and two books based on his field research and on-the-ground analysis; Fangs of the Lone Wolf: Chechen Tactics in the Russian Chechen Wars 1994-2009 and Operation Anaconda: America’s First Conventional Battle in Afghanistan. He repeatedly traveled to both Afghanistan and Iraq and is a frequent lecturer on areas of conflict. He was on the traveling faculty of the Leadership Development (LDESP) program at the Center for Civil Military Relations at Naval Post Graduate School until the U.S. exited Iraq in December 2011. He is currently a contributor and editor of OE Watch, an open source monthly publication published by the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. He is also the director of Combat Films and Research, a production company that focuses on documentary and historical storytelling through the medium of film and video. Current and recent productions include Unfortunate Brothers: Korea’s Reunification Dilemma for PBS and Fronteira da Grandeza for PBS and TV Brasil. He is currently in production on a historical documentary film regarding the deployment of the 213th Mobile Field Artillery Battalion to Korea from Southern Utah in 1951.