Library current affairs series to start with Afghanistan Sept. 20

Sep 11, 2017
Nick Mills opens the Waldoboro Public Library's speakers series Sept. 20.

Waldoboro — The Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St., presents the first in a three-part speakers series on current affairs, The World in Your Library, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The first speaker is Nick B. Mills, whose topic is, “Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria: Failed Interventions and the Rise of ISIS”.

Mills was a journalism professor at Boston University for 26 years, as well as a broadcast journalist, news director, reporter and morning news anchor at major Boston stations and at the ABC Radio Network in New York. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, helping to launch that country’s national educational television system. He was also an officer in the Army, and led a combat photography team in Vietnam. In Afghanistan, Mills trained Afghans in journalism and established the Afghan Media Resource Center.

He also served as an adviser in President Hamid Karzai’s administration and produced "KARZAI -- The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan" in collaboration with Karzai. He has also written other books as well as articles for Huffington Post, Foreign Policy and other publications.

In his presentation, Mills will cover the history of Afghanistan from the 1980s, when the Afghan insurgents were fighting occupiers from the USSR, and the U.S. was providing “clandestine” support to the mujaheddin, through the years when its government toppled and the Taliban steppied in, to the U.S. intervening to drive out the Taliban after the attacks of Sept. 11, to the present, when the U.S. is withdrawing, leaving behind a shaky Afghan government with the Taliban at its gates. He will discuss the questions of why did our intervention fail and what will become of Afghanistan.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 832-4484 or visit

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