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Is Peaceful Political Transition in Afghanistan Possible?

Tuesday 12 March 2013 13:00 to 14:00 GMT


Chatham House, London


Dr Robert Johnson, Director, The Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford
Jawed Nader, Director, British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group
Matt Waldman, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Chair: Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House; UN Deputy Envoy to Afghanistan (2010-12)

Type: Members Events

As the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international troops in Afghanistan looms, the speakers will explore what is required to ensure a smooth transition and avoid a descent into chaos. 

The panel will discuss the international community's post-combat role in supporting the political transition and reassuring Afghans concerned about abandonment and the prospect of civil war. They will consider whether reconciliation with the Taliban is necessary or even possible, as well as how to address ongoing humanitarian needs in the country.

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed for members only. The live stream will be made available here at 13:00 GMT on Tuesday 12 March.

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This event has been rescheduled from 7 March.

For more information about this event contact the Members Events Team


An Afghanistan Write-Off Isn’t an Option
Michael Keating and Matt Waldman, The New York Times, January 2013

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