Honoring a Legacy: Celebrating the Lifetime Achievements of Emeritus Professor William Maley, AM

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On the evening of June 6, 2024, The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had the great honor of celebrating the lifetime achievements of Emeritus Professor William Maley, AM, during the reception for the New Generation of Afghan Scholars and on the occasion of 75th anniversary of establishment of the international department at the Coral Bell School of the Australian National University.

Professor Maley’s profound influence on the field of international relations and his extensive work on Afghanistan have made him one of Australia’s most respected scholars. His contributions as an author, guiding thinker, and mentor have significantly shaped our understanding of Afghanistan and its place in the global order. HE Ambassador Wahidullah Waissi introduced him and emphasized how his influence is so profound that words often fall short: "He is Australia's acclaimed scholarly figure, a successful author, a guiding thinker, and a mentor to many of us here discussing the future of Afghanistan."

The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of a portrait of Professor Maley, painted by the Artlords Afghanistan, a group known for their powerful and evocative artworks. Ambassador Waissi, through the esteemed musician and diplomat Fred Smith, had the honor of unveiling this beautiful portrait. This artwork is a testament to Professor Maley's enduring legacy and his unwavering commitment to Afghanistan. In addition to the portrait, Professor Maley was presented with a trophy, symbolizing his lifetime of dedication and achievements.

Professor Maley is the author of numerous books that have greatly contributed to the academic and policy discourse on Afghanistan. His notable works include "Rescuing Afghanistan," "The Afghanistan Wars," "Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding," and his latest co-authored book "The Decline and Fall of Republican Afghanistan".His extensive body of work continues to inspire scholars, policymakers, and students worldwide.

This celebration not only recognized his individual achievements but also highlighted the importance of his contributions to the ongoing dialogue about Afghanistan's future. It was a fitting tribute to a man whose work has left an indelible mark on the field of international relations.

To access photos of the event, click here.

Last modified on Friday, 14/06/2024

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