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“Get the Terp Up Here!”: War as an Interpreter to U.S. Forces in Afghanistan with Nasirullah “John” Safi (virtual)

September 23, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Please join Professor Kyle Beardsley in a conversation with Afghan interpreter, Nasirullah “John” Safi. When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, many Afghans who previously worked with U.S. forces were left stranded and in danger. This discussion will explore Safi’s personal stories of working with the U.S. military to fight the Taliban and the dynamic culture and dangers facing Afghan interpreters.

Nasirullah “John” Safi was born and raised in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Safi joined the U.S. mission in his teens and served both Afghanistan and the United States. He worked for both U.S. military personnel and civilians working in government agencies before he immigrated to the U.S. Safi is the author of, “Get the Terp Up Here”: War as an Interpreter for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and creator of “A Voice for Two Nations,” a platform for Americans and Afghans to share their stories of partnership. The project explores the fringes of combat and the devastations of war, while illustrating the deep bond between the people of the U.S. and Afghanistan.


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Co-sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, and the Duke Department of Political Science.


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September 23, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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