A transatlantic charter on Afghanistan

Supporting peace, security, and sovereignty in Afghanistan

Supporting peace, security, and sovereignty in Afghanistan The participants of the Atlantic Council / Rockefeller Brothers Fund Strategic Dialogues have been working for the past eight months to develop a long-term strategic outlook to promote stability in Afghanistan consistent with Afghan, US, and European interests and values. This group of distinguished European, American, and Afghan diplomats, military officers, scholars, and analysts brought to our deliberations a deep understanding of the context both on the ground and among the allies. We explored a diplomatic-security framework based on the minimal conditions and variables necessary to realize a long-term vision of a sovereign, unified, democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and generated recommendations to support this vision.

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Letter in support of the Afghan people by friends of Afghanistan

As US and NATO forces withdraw, we must not abandon the Afghan people and their democratic republic

This is an open letter organized by a coalition of Afghan women and friends of Afghanistan. The Afghan Women’s Network together with a larger coalition of Our Voices – Our Future and Together Stronger work to achieve peace and demand an end to the conflict and an equal representation of women across fields in Afghanistan. We believe in inclusive, just, practical, and sustainable peace in which women are equal citizens of Afghanistan.

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Upcoming events & strategic dialogues

The importance of inclusivity in the Afghan peace process

Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the Afghanistan Mechanism for Inclusive Peace (AMIP) on Thursday, June 24 at 10:00 AM US ET / 6:30 PM KBT for a conversation on the importance of an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan that truly reflects the people whom it represents.

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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 off 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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Flagship report

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

The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on greater South Asia as well as its relations between these countries, the neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.

Experts

Content

Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Katz quoted in Inside Arabia on the Russian reaction to Turkish military presence in Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Kohistany interviewed by NPR on her experience as an Afghan in the US military

Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Lyla Kohistany speaks to NPR on her experience as an Afghan in the US military.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Preble in Politifact: U.S. continues its military drawdown in Afghanistan

On July 12, Christopher Preble was quoted in a Politifact article examining President Biden’s promises to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. “The American people’s continued support for withdrawal, including a number of veterans groups, appears to have had much more of an impact than the worsening security situation inside of Afghanistan. Most Americans recognized some […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Policy

Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Event recap: The importance of inclusivity in the Afghan peace process

An event recap for the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and Afghanistan’s Mechanism for Inclusive Peace (AMIP)'s discussion on the importance of inclusivity in the Afghan peace process.

Event Recap by Fahim Ahmad

Afghanistan Civil Society

Tue, Jul 6, 2021

Nawaz joins Naya Daur to discuss Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan after US withdrawal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Eftimiades in Voice of America on Chinese cyber attacks

Voice of America interviews Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Eftimiades on Chinese cyberattacks in Afghanistan.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan China

Wed, Jun 30, 2021

Letter in support of the Afghan people by friends of Afghanistan: As US and NATO forces withdraw, we must not abandon the Afghan people and their democratic republic

This is an open letter organized by a coalition of Afghan women and friends of Afghanistan. The Afghan Women’s Network together with a larger coalition of Our Voices - Our Future and Together Stronger work to achieve peace and demand an end to the conflict and an equal representation of women across fields in Afghanistan. We believe in inclusive, just, practical, and sustainable peace in which women are equal citizens of Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan Human Rights

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Samad quoted in Nikkei Asia on how as the Taliban gains, Biden vows to stick with Afghan president

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Samad joins CGTN America to discuss Afghanistan-US ties

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Nawaz joins the Hudson Institute to discuss US-Pakistan relations after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Pakistan