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Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Event recap: “The role of victims in Afghanistan’s peace process”

On July 20, 2020 the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a panel discussion on the role of victims in Afghanistan’s peace process. Marika Theros, a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center, moderated the discussion which was paneled by Shaharzad Akbar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; Sergio Jamarillo Caro, Former High Commissioner for Peace for Colombia; and Hadi Marifat, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions
Illicit Networks-Zaranj

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

Authored in-house and advised upon by senior fellows Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Ambassador Omar Samad, Marika Theros, Javid Ahmad, and Fatemeh Aman, this report explores illicit networks in Afghanistan in the context of peacebuilding, democratic consolidation, and enhancing state capacity. It concludes by outlining several specific policy recommendations that will be necessary to combat the illicit networks in a manner that supports the durability of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and the continued consolidation of its fragile democratic institutions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Harris Samad and Fatima Salman

Afghanistan Arms Control

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Afghanistan needs a ceasefire now to battle COVID-19

COVID-19 will not wait for negotiators to reach a humanitarian ceasefire. This is not the time to place political goals above public health or to exploit divisions. A coordinated plan of action, grounded in a public health perspective and which prioritizes pausing the violence, is necessary in order to save lives. Any actor using the pandemic to score political points or to strengthen their hand at the negotiation table cannot be truly committed to peace in Afghanistan.

New Atlanticist by Marika Theros and Sahar Halaimzai

Afghanistan Conflict

Marika Theros is a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness and policy fellow at the London School of Economics where she leads their comparative research stream investigating local peace agreements across six key conflict-affected sites, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and South Sudan. She directs the Afghanistan Engagement Project, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which supports new generation leadership and civil society initiatives. Over the last 20 years, she has designed a number of research and dialogue processes in the Balkans, South Asia and the Middle East, and focuses on the intersection between top-down and bottom-up processes. She publishes on security, justice and state-building issues in academic journals, and currently serves on the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network, and the boards of the Humanitarian Law Centre and Women for Peace and Participation. Marika is currently completing her doctorate in International Development at LSE, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Columbia University and an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.