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The United States and Afghanistan are at a critical inflection point. The incoming Biden/Harris administration could bring a revised US foreign policy including a new plan of engagement with or withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Kabul remains fixated on the ongoing peace talks in Doha. Within this context, the fundamental rights of Afghan women must not be downplayed into a negotiable issue on the table for stakeholders in Afghanistan. Peace cannot arrive on the backs of Afghan women and girls, and understanding how the United States and allies can support Afghan women economically – in order to bolster Afghanistan’s peace process and democratic future more broadly – is crucial.
Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, the US-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC), and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on Thursday, January 7 from 1-2PM EST for a conversation about supporting peace and security in Afghanistan via economic opportunity for Afghan women.
This is the first event in a series of joint conversations with the US-Afghan Women’s Council and the American Council on Women, Peace, and Security that will focus on the gains that women have made in Afghanistan, the critical role of Afghan women in Afghanistan’s peace and security, and the role US actors have in partnering with and empowering Afghan women.
A recap of this event can be found here.
Ambassador Kelley E. Currie
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Office of Global Women’s Issues
H.E. Roya Rahmani
Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
Brigadier General Kimberly Colloton
Transatlantic Division Commander
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Founder and CEO Emeritus, ARZU Inc.;
Strategic Advisor, Turquoise Mountain
Founder & CEO
Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation
Introductory remarks by
Executive Vice President
Concluding remarks by
U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council
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
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 U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) is a non-partisan public-private partnership that convenes governments, civil society and the private sector around the goal of supporting Afghan women and girl’s education, healthcare, economic empowerment and leadership.
The American Council on Women Peace and Security helps policymakers with hard hitting analysis and enlightened scholarship that ensures the meaningful participation of women.
New Atlanticist Dec 16, 2020
To succeed, intra-Afghan talks must defer to the non-ideal
By Muska Dastageer
The negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban should just as much center on the question of whether we should ground political morality in a vision of a distinct Islamic polity (that of the Taliban or the Afghan government), or a non-ideal mode of Islamic governance reflecting the second-order and third-order preferences of the parties.
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.
New Atlanticist Sep 15, 2020
Women must be meaningfully included in the Afghan peace negotiations
By Atlantic Council
The long-awaited Afghan peace process finally began on September 12, and Afghanistan’s women must have a seat at the table. While crucial issues such as disarmament, power-sharing, the presence of foreign troops, human rights abuses, and territorial disputes will likely take center stage, leaders from around the world have issued a call to uphold the right of Afghan women to be included in the talks.