Iran, Afghanistan, and South Asia: Resolving Regional Sources of Instability

November 8, 2013 - 9:30 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

The Atlantic Council invites you to the launch of a new issue brief by the Iran Task Force on November 8, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:00 am. The issue brief and conversation will focus on Iran’s relations with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
A conversation with
Fatemeh Aman
Global Media Trail

Laura Jean Palmer-Moloney
Senior Research Geographer
US Army Corps of Engineers

Barnett R. Rubin
Center on International Cooperation of New York University

Introduction by
Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Moderated by
Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council 

While usually thought of as a Middle Eastern country, Iran has equal if not greater affinity with the countries to its east.  Iranian actions will help determine how stable Afghanistan will be after the withdrawal of most US and NATO forces in 2014. The new brief, Iran, Afghanistan, and South Asia: Resolving Regional Sources of Instability, discusses how the United States can promote stability by supporting agreements and programs that increase the capacity of Iran and its eastern neighbors to deal with acute regional challenges, including scarce and poorly managed water resources, ethnic insurgencies, energy imbalances, and drug trafficking.

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. It is supported generously by the Ploughshares Fund. 

When you arrive, please use the West Tower elevators.

This event will be available online via C-SPAN.


Fatemeh Aman is an Iran-born expert on the Middle East and South Asia. She has worked as a journalist, media and political analyst, and has written widely in English and Persian on Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. She is a frequent contributor to Jane’s publications, including Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst and Jane’s Intelligence Review, and appears often on Persian and English-speaking media outlets. She is the president of Global Media Trail, a Virginia-based company specializing in analyzing and monitoring foreign media. Aman is fluent in Persian/Dari and German.

Laura Jean Palmer-Moloney is senior research geographer for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center in Virginia. Palmer-Moloney joined government service in 2009, when she began her study of the Helmand River watershed and its terminus, the Sistan Basin. She served in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 as senior adviser on watershed management to the commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, an area that includes Helmand and Nimruz provinces. Ms. Palmer-Moloney holds a BA in anthropology, an MA in geography, and two PhD degrees in curriculum and instruction from the College of Education, University of Denver and in coastal resources management from East Carolina University. She is the author or coauthor of numerous publications related to water security.

Barnett R. Rubin is director of the Center on International Cooperation of New York University, where he has worked as director of studies since 2000. From 2009 until October 2013 he was senior adviser to the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the US Department of State. Previously he was director of the Center for Preventive Action; director of peace and conflict studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; associate professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Central Asia at Columbia University; and assistant professor of political science at Yale University. From November to December 2001, he served as special adviser to the UN special representative of the secretary general for Afghanistan, during the negotiations that produced the Bonn Agreement.

Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for The author of a 2007 book, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today, Cairo correspondent for The Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review.