September 30, 2015
Afghanistan – One Year On: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead.
By Huma Haque
Dr. Abdullah discussed the political and military transitions faced by Afghanistan and stressed the importance of national unity across Afghanistan, in addition to the necessity of continued international support following the withdrawal of NATO troops. He provided a realistic yet hopeful outlook for the country, providing assurance of the Unity government’s will to combat corruption and build long term economic prospects and regional connectivity.
Midway through the discussion, Dr. Abdullah’s staff informed him that Afghan forces had retaken the city of Kunduz, which the Taliban had captured two days prior to this discussion, marking the Taliban’s biggest victory since 2001. The announcement spurred a round of applause from the audience. Afghanistan's greatest challenge in the past year has been persistent security issues and looking towards the year to come, Dr. Abdullah cited the same challenge. The discussion was moderated by Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and Khalilzad Chair, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council.