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Afghanistan faces a stark reality as the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from the country after two decades on the ground. The looming September deadline underscores the urgent need for robust, sustained, and coordinated international action in Afghanistan to compensate for the security, political, and humanitarian consequences of the withdrawal.

For months, high-level experts, officials, and scholars from the United States, Afghanistan, and Europe have been coming together to study and advance solutions for the future of Afghanistan as part of the Atlantic Council / Rockefeller Brothers Fund Strategic Dialogues. Chaired by Secretary Madeleine Albright, Rector Federica Mogherini, and Chairperson Shaharzad Akbar, the Dialogues sought to look beyond the current moment and focus on a long-term strategic outlook that ensures stability in Afghanistan in line with Afghan, US, and European interests and values.

As Afghanistan and its partners in the United States and Europe prepare to chart a course for the future, the Dialogues group is releasing the Transatlantic Charter on Afghan Sovereignty, Security, and Development, a landmark document that proposes key tenets for the trilateral relationship: the essential need for deeper cooperation and coordination with Afghans as critical partners; the understanding that durable peace must be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned; the importance of reaching 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 and instead adopting a long-term perspective in advancing peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan.

Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center Friday, April 23 at 9:00AM ET / 5:30 PM AFT for an expert discussion on the future of Afghanistan and the exclusive launch of the Transatlantic Charter on Afghanistan as part of the Strategic Dialogues on and with Afghanistan.

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

A transatlantic charter for peace and security in Afghanistan

The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center presents the exclusive launch of the Transatlantic Charter on Afghanistan as part of the Strategic Dialogues on and with Afghanistan.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Europe & Eurasia

Featuring

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

Ambassador James Cunningham
Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan;
Non-resident senior fellow, Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center

Welcome remarks by

Fred Kempe
President & CEO
Atlantic Council

Introductory remarks by

Stephen Heintz
President & CEO
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Moderated by

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

Strategic dialogues on Afghanistan

Developing a long-term transatlantic framework for peace and security in Afghanistan

Between fall 2020 and summer 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will host a set of private, high-level strategic dialogues to develop and advocate for a longer-term strategic outlook for ensuring stability in Afghanistan as well as maintaining US and European counter-terrorism interests. This effort will look beyond the US elections, recognizing that a political consensus is emerging to support a drawdown in US security commitments, but no such consensus exists on the long-term relationship with Afghanistan.

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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.

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