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Afghanistan is entering a new phase, with ongoing talks offering an opportunity for peace and stability after years of conflict. As the government and the Taliban negotiate peace, questions remain regarding the future of gender equality and minority rights in the country. What will it take to ensure long-term security without compromising on the rights of women and minorities in Afghanistan? How do the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic impact the ability to sustain democratic institutions in the country?

Building upon their longstanding partnership to promote women’s rights in Afghanistan, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the George W. Bush Institute invite you to join us on October 28 at 8:00 A.M. (EDT) / 4:30 P.M. (Kabul) for a virtual conversation with First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush on these issues and to lend their insight into what will need to be done to ensure an equitable and inclusive peace. 

This live event is part of the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series, a new ideas platform spotlighting global leaders who are championing constructive solutions to global challenges. To participate, please register below. Once you have registered, you will receive  a confirmation  email with information on how to join. To ask a question during the Q&A section, please use #ACFrontPage on Twitter.


H.E. Rula Ghani

First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Mrs. Laura Bush

Former First Lady of the United States

Introduction & welcome remarks by​​​

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center; 
Former US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs;
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security
, Atlantic Council ​​​​​

Moderated by

Ms. Lael Mohib 
Enabled Children Initiative USA

Ms. Holly Kuzmich 
Executive Director 
The George W. Bush Institute

An #ACFrontPage event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen Programs and Centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.

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 Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that develops leaders, advances policy, and takes action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.