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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:

“Much is at stake – the future of Afghanistan’s youth, who are attempting to rebuild a devastated country against extraordinary odds; the legitimacy and credibility of an alliance which champions the values of democracy, human rights, and pluralism; and threatened by the potential rise of new terrorist networks, creating insecurity in Afghanistan, the region, and beyond. Now is the time to express continuing and long-term solidarity and commitment to the people of Afghanistan.”

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

Chairperson Shaharzad Akbar 
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Rector Federica Mogherini 
Former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security

Moderated by

Roger Cohen
Chief Correspondent in Paris and former Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

The South Asia Center (SAC) is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​

At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.