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Center for Afghanistan Studies

Four Decades in Afghanistan

Founded in 1972, UNO's Center for Afghanistan Studies continues to be America’s primary cultural and scholarly link with Afghanistan. Through war and peace, destitution and reconstruction, the Center and its partners have been on the ground in Afghanistan – printing textbooks, training teachers and journalists, and advising U.S. government officials.

The Center’s team members have deep roots in Afghanistan. Many were born and raised there, later working and raising families amid history-making events. Others have spent nearly their entire professional lives studying the country’s culture and geography, visiting its cities and villages, and working with Afghans. All are deeply committed to preserving Afghanistan’s heritage and developing its economy and civil society.



JULY 2013

Thomas Gouttierre, Director of the Center and Dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO, grew up as a baker's son in Ohio and later found himself serving Afghans in the Peace Corps. Read about his four-decade-plus love and service to this country - including his time as coach of the Afghan National Basketball Team - in the July 22 issue of Sports Illustrated:

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Photo spread with excerpt


Habibia (H) and Sports School (SS) players posing at Istiqlal Field in Kabul before the Spring Championship Tournament, 1965. Habibia won.

Top row, from left: Sakhi (SS), Fridun (H), Rahim (SS), Khaled (H), Baray (H), Sefat (SS), unknown (SS), Ismael (H), and Shahid (SS).

Bottom rown, from left: Coach Tom Gouttierre (H), Azim (H), Khodiequl (SS), and Mir Ahmad (SS).

What's New

Building Resource Corridors in Afghanistan: A Solution to an Interminable War?

EARTH magazine (September 2013)

When the Eggheads Went to War: Human Terrain System in Afghanistan

The Daily Beast from Newsweek (8-16-2013)

Trip to Pakistan eye-opening

Omaha World-Herald (8-4-2013)

UNO Key in Preparing Military, Civilians for Afghanistan

WOWT Channel 6 News

Interview with Tom Gouttierre, Father of Afghan Basketball

The Zone KOZN 1620 AM (7-25-2013)

Meet the father of Afghan basketball

Omaha World-Herald (7-24-2013)

The Wizard of Kabul

Sports Illustrated (7-22-2013)

RC West's Untold Economic Success Story

ISAF Release by Melissa Skorka, Immersion Seminar Graduate

Pakistan welcomes visit by UNO team

Omaha World-Herald (7-5-2013)

Pakistan should help Afghanistan establish irrigation system

The News International (6-28-2013)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at UNO

KETV Channel 7 (6-19-2013)

Amid the strife of Afghanistan, UNO prof in Kabul sees ray of hope

Omaha World-Herald (5-9-2013)

Sher Jan Ahmadzai and Thomas Gouttierre: Don’t let Pakistan marginalize Afghan government

CNN/Fareed Zakaria GPS (4-4-2013)