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Beginning in fall 2020, high-level experts, officials, and scholars from the United States, Afghanistan, and Europe came together as part of the Atlantic Council / Rockefeller Brothers Fund Strategic Dialogues on and with Afghanistan. The goal was to look beyond the current moment and instead focus on a long-term strategic outlook that ensures stability in Afghanistan in line with Afghan, US, and European interests and values.
The trilateral dialogues were chaired by Secretary Madeleine Albright, Rector Federica Mogherini, and Chairperson Shaharzad Akbar. The Dialogue group captured and summarized the core recommendations of the Strategic Dialogues in a Transatlantic Charter on Afghan Sovereignty, Security, and Development, which focuses on the essential need for deeper transatlantic cooperation and coordination with Afghans as critical partners; the understanding that durable peace must be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned; the need to reach a strategic consensus on relations between Afghanistan and its neighbors based on non-interference, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and the critical necessity of moving beyond short-term deadlines to instead adopt a long-term perspective in advancing peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan. This charter, and an accompanying Co-Chairs Letter, will be publicly released around this event.
In a statement introducing the Charter, the Co-Chairs write:
Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center on this coming Wednesday, April 14 at 8:30AM ET / 5:00 PM AFT for the exclusive launch of the Transatlantic Charter on Afghanistan as part of the Strategic Dialogues on and with Afghanistan.
Secretary Madeleine Albright
Former US Secretary of State
Chief Correspondent in Paris and former Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times
The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
SouthAsiaSource Mar 22, 2021
Intelligence reform for peacetime – A call to reform and modernize the Afghan intelligence services
By Tamim Asey
The United States, as it pushes for a political settlement and withdraws its troops from Afghanistan, needs to leave a credible and professional Afghan intelligence partner behind with whom it must partner for counter-terrorism (CT) missions post-withdrawal.
Op-Ed Dec 1, 2021
Albright and Mogherini in CNN: It’s time for the US to make good with Afghanistan
By Madeleine Albright and Federica Mogherini
“With new leadership in the White House, there is an opportunity to strengthen the Afghan peace process and secure our shared interests in peace, security, and regional stability,” write Secretary Madeline Albright and Rector Federica Mogherini in CNN Opinion.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Oct 28, 2020
Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani: Women’s rights cannot be ‘the cost of peace’
By David A. Wemer
The progress Afghan women have made in the years since the fall of the Taliban regime could be at risk, Ghani said, should the Taliban be given too much power as part of a peace settlement.