The Future of Afghanistan: Ongoing Negotiations and the Role of Regional Allies

April 22, 2019 - 11:00 am

1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center is pleased to invite you to "The Future of Afghanistan: Ongoing Negotiations and the Role of Regional Partners," a panel discussion on the progress of ongoing negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, and the role of regional partners.

The status of a future peace settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban remains uncertain, even as negotiations with the United States move forward. The role of US partners, including coalition allies, Pakistan and India will heavily influence the shape and success of any future political resolution in Afghanistan. This panel discussion will explore the contours of these relationships and the potential roles regional partners may play in supporting, or undermining, an eventual Afghan peace process. 


Moderated by:

Fatemeh Aman

 Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center

Atlantic Council

A conversation with:

Daud Khattak

Senior Editor, Radio Mashaal

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Ambassador Omar Samad

Nonresident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center

Atlantic Council

Michael Kugelman

Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia

Wilson Center


Michael Kugelman is the Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. He is a leading specialist on Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan and their relations with the United States. The editor or co-editor of 11 books, he has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and other publications, covering topics ranging from U.S. policy in Afghanistan to terrorism to water, energy, and food security in the region.

Daud Khattak is a Pakistani journalist currently working as a senior editor of Radio Mashaal for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague. He has worked with Pakistan’s English dailies The News and Daily Times, Afghanistan’s Pajhwok Afghan News, and has written for the Christian Science Monitor and London Sunday Times.

Fatemeh Aman is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center. She has monitored and written on Iranian, Afghan and other Middle Eastern affairs for over 20 years. Born in Iran, she left for Europe in her teens in 1980s and moved to the US in 1994. Having advised and worked with various US government institutions on Afghanistan and Iran since 2008, Fatemeh has traveled extensively to South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Omar Samad is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. He is also the founder and president of Silkroad Consulting L.L.C. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Samad was a senior Afghan expert in-residence with the Center for Conflict Management at the US Institute of Peace from January 2012 to January 2013. He also served as Ambassador of Afghanistan to France from 2009 to 2011 and Ambassador to Canada from 2004 to 2009.