Letter in support of the Afghan people by friends of Afghanistan

Strategic dialogues

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.

Realities on the ground: Spotlighting Afghan voices

Past events

Flagship report

Illicit Networks-Zaranj

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

Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

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

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.

Afghanistan Arms Control

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.

Experts

Content

In the News by Atlantic Council

Dec 7, 2021

Rothschild on vulnerable Afghans left behind following US withdrawal from Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

On September 21, Newsweek published an op-ed by Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Amanda Rothschild criticizing the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and highlighting the vulnerability of Afghans unable to evacuate.

Afghanistan Conflict

New Atlanticist by Harris A. Samad

Dec 1, 2021

The world must carefully engage with Afghanistan. Here’s how.

New Atlanticist by Harris A. Samad

Ignoring Afghanistan would be a catastrophic mistake for the international community—as would be a rush to recognize the Taliban.

Afghanistan Crisis Management

In the News by Atlantic Council

Dec 1, 2021

Sakhi deliver Biannual McMillan-Stewart Lecture on Afghanistan’s Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Issues and Regional Implications

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Strategic Insights Memo by Atlantic Council and DT Institute

Nov 30, 2021

After Kabul: US and allied policy options in Afghanistan

Strategic Insights Memo by Atlantic Council and DT Institute

On September 1, 2021, the Atlantic Council and DT Institute ran an expert-driven matrix wargame to: (1) explore major policy dilemmas on the horizon after the US-led coalition withdrawal; and (2) forecast state behavior and assess emerging risks in the wake of the crisis. This Strategic Insights Memo captures the key takeaways from that wargame and the implications for great-power competition, regional security, and humanitarian issues in South Asia and the Middle East.

Afghanistan Conflict

New Atlanticist by Sarah Dawn Petrin

Nov 24, 2021

Embracing Afghan refugees is a strategic opportunity for the US

New Atlanticist by Sarah Dawn Petrin

More than simply a humanitarian gesture, it represents the best possible continuation of US foreign policy.

Afghanistan Human Rights

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Nov 21, 2021

With the US in ‘strategic contraction,’ allies take a new approach to partnership

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

What our partners see now is a less externally confident, more internally focused United States guided by a sober calculation of its leverage and resources, burdened by public weariness with the cost of international leadership and hobbled by domestic political polarization. 

Afghanistan India

In the News by Atlantic Council

Nov 19, 2021

Halaimzai was quoted in Gandhara News: ‘Grotesque And Wrong’ – Foreign Diplomats Called Out For Meeting Taliban Without Women

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Nov 18, 2021

Rahmani on Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear Podcast to discuss Afghanistan under the new rule

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Extremism

In the News by Atlantic Council

Nov 14, 2021

Alam quoted in the Medialine News: Taliban Regime Says it Has ISIS Afghan Affiliate on the Run

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News by Atlantic Council

Nov 12, 2021

Ahmad with MEI: Afghanistan Under the Taliban

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Indo-Pacific