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

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Content

In the News

Aug 22, 2022

Nasr quoted in Global Echo: No one has been held accountable for the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Aug 19, 2022

Ahmad published in The National Interest: Afghanistan is still too dangerous to fail

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

SouthAsiaSource

Aug 19, 2022

Afghanistan and the region: One year after the fall of Kabul

By South Asia Center

A year after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Afghanistan continues to face the consequences of the US-led Western military and diplomatic withdrawal. The South Asia Center brought together a panel of experts to explore these issues, along with how Afghanistan’s relations with regional actors is evolving under the Taliban regime.

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Aug 19, 2022

Plitsas in the Daily Signal on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

By Atlantic Council

Alex Plitsas comments on the US withdrawal and Afghan relocation effort

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Aug 17, 2022

Hakimi in The Diplomat: Western Disengagement Will Turn Afghanistan Into a Pariah State 

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Economy & Business

In the News

Aug 16, 2022

Dr. Sakhi in The National Interest: The cost of engaging the Taliban

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Economy & Business

In the News

Aug 15, 2022

Hakimi in Chatham House: Afghanistan: one year of Taliban rule

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Civil Society

In the News

Aug 15, 2022

Amb. Ahmad speaks at the Hudson Institute: US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s return, one year later

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Civil Society

New Atlanticist

Aug 12, 2022

Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Massoud: There is ‘no other option’ but to fight on against the Taliban

By Atlantic Council

“Unfortunately,” Massoud told the Atlantic Council, Taliban leaders “have not changed. They are even more radical than before.”

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Aug 11, 2022

Rafiq quoted in Voice of America: Security concerns bring China closer to Taliban

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan China

Experts