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Afghanistan sits at an inflection point as the Afghan government and the Taliban engage in formal peace talks in Doha, Qatar, following decades of conflict and violence. As the world watches these critical negotiations unfold, questions remain about how previous international peace processes and examples of conflict resolution may be used to positively inform the Doha negotiations.
In 1989, the Ta’if Agreement, negotiated in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia, brought fifteen years of war to an end in Lebanon. This agreement included power-sharing mechanisms, multi-dimensional political reform, disarmament, and a roadmap for complete Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon. Though the Lebanese and Afghan peace processes represent distinctly different contexts, the Ta’if Agreement can offer the Afghan peace process key insights reflective of its successes as well as its challenges.
The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC invite you to join us on Wednesday, November 25th, at 9AM ET / 4PM Beirut / 6:30PM Kabul, for a conversation about the 1989 Lebanese Ta’if Agreement and its potential lessons for the ongoing Afghan peace process.
Former Arab League Special Envoy for Lebanon & Former United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan
Dr. Patricia Karam
Regional Director of the Middle East North Africa Division
International Republican Institute
Dr. Daniel Martin Corstange
Associate Professor of Political Science and of International and Public Affairs
Introductory remarks by
H.E. Roya Rahmani
Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
Welcome remarks by
Dr. Irfan Nooruddin
Director for the South Asia Center
Harris A. Samad
Assistant Director for the South Asia Center
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.
This event is held in conjunction with the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC as part of an event series about lessons for the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan from previous examples of conflict resolution around the world.
Photo Essay Nov 17, 2020
How ‘artivism’ can change society—in Afghanistan and beyond
By Kabir Mokamel and Omaid Sharifi
Art can be used as an outlet for self-expression, but also as a tool to advocate for human rights. Through art, we can share the untold stories of the civil society, win back the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens, and send a clear message that activism in South Asia is vigorous and flourishing, and—in a region that continues to face many challenges—demonstrate that change is possible.
New Atlanticist Nov 13, 2020
Rushing for the exits in Afghanistan would leave a lasting stain on America
By James Cunningham, John Negroponte, Ronald Neumann, Hugo Llorens, Richard Olson, and Earl Anthony Wayne
Withdrawing quickly would end any hope for a decent and responsible peace agreement in Afghanistan, and would also put to rest any prospect that Trump’s legacy might include taking credit for the Afghan peace process that he and his Afghanistan team took the lead in creating.
New Atlanticist Nov 12, 2020
How President-elect Biden can reshape US relations in Greater South Asia
By Shuja Nawaz
With the Taliban feeling increasingly emboldened, President-elect Biden must adopt a new and more practicable strategy for the region that is not based solely on military and security compulsions but includes future-oriented economic and political plans, working with international organizations and partners to achieve common goals.