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.

Flagship report

Illicit Networks-Zaranj

In-Depth Research & Reports

Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

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.

Content

In the News

Aug 4, 2022

Ahmad published in The Hill: After al-Zawahiri, what’s next for America’s Taliban policy?

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

SouthAsiaSource

Aug 3, 2022

Experts react: Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, killed by US drone strike in Afghanistan

By South Asia Center experts

South Asia Center experts provide their analyses of the US drone strike in Kabul that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

Afghanistan Middle East

New Atlanticist

Aug 3, 2022

It’s time to block Taliban leaders’ trips abroad

By James Cunningham, Ryan Crocker, Hugo Llorens, P. Michael McKinley, Ronald E. Neumann, and Earl Anthony Wayne

Reimposing the UN travel ban is one of the few actions the United States can take to show that it’s serious. It should use this opportunity.

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

In the News

Aug 2, 2022

Hakimi published in The Guardian: Zawahiri’s killing was a Biden play for popularity – but it may have unintended consequences

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Aug 2, 2022

Kamal Alam quoted in TRTWorld: What will happen to Al Qaeda after Zawahiri’s assassination?

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Drones

New Atlanticist

Aug 1, 2022

Experts react: Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead. What’s next for US counterterrorism?

By Atlantic Council experts

For answers about what this strike means for al-Qaeda, the US approach to counterterrorism, and Afghanistan’s future, we turned to experts across our network.

Afghanistan National Security

In the News

Jul 19, 2022

Sakhi in The Hill: The Taliban has failed to gain legitimacy — what can be done?

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Jul 16, 2022

Hakimi quoted in Weekly Voice: Selling coal to Pak paints Taliban as Pakistani puppets

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Geopolitics & Energy Security

SouthAsiaSource

Jul 15, 2022

Pakistan must stop accommodating the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

By Neha Ansari

Regardless of the outcome of this latest round of negotiations, Pakistan will have further provided legitimacy to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, which is responsible for killing and traumatizing thousands of Pakistani civilians and soldiers. Even if these talks succeed, Pakistan will lose. 

Afghanistan Pakistan

In the News

Jul 6, 2022

Nawaz in NBC News: The Taliban have dug up the car their founding leader used to escape after the U.S.-led invasion

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

Experts

Events