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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.



Strategic Insights Memo

Nov 30, 2021

After Kabul: US and allied policy options in Afghanistan

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

Nov 24, 2021

Embracing Afghan refugees is a strategic opportunity for the US

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

Nov 21, 2021

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

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

Nov 19, 2021

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

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Nov 18, 2021

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

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Extremism

In the News

Nov 14, 2021

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

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

In the News

Nov 12, 2021

Ahmad with MEI: Afghanistan Under the Taliban

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Indo-Pacific

In the News

Nov 12, 2021

Sakhi with the Burkle Center: A Crisis within a Crisis: Accountability, Economic Realities & Humanitarian Need in Afghanistan

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Human Rights

In the News

Nov 11, 2021

Kohistany in King 5 on her efforts to relocate Afghan refugees.

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Lyla Kohistany speaks on King 5 news about her organization's role in helping Afghan refugees.

Afghanistan Civil Society

New Atlanticist

Nov 10, 2021

Afghanistan veterans’ sacrifices were not made in vain

By Roya Rahmani

The seeds of change that US veterans helped to plant over the past twenty years in Afghanistan will continue to flourish.

Afghanistan Crisis Management