Americans understandably are very concerned about the mental-health effects on our military of serving in such war zones as Iraq and Afghanistan, especially regarding post-traumatic stress disorder. But there's remarkably little in the U.S. media about the effects of these seemingly endless wars on the populations in those tortured places.
Thus we at the Providence Committee on Foreign Relations have invited Dr. Amir Afkhami, M.D., a psychiatrist, who will talk about mental health in such crisis spots at our Feb. 4 meeting. He is also an expert in the global history of public health.
Dr. Afkhami holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences and the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Before joining GWU in 2007, he was a lecturer in the global history of public health at Yale University. He is an adviser to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. military on issues pertaining to public health and mental health.