Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis (2014-2015)

After decades of conflict, Afghanistan faces a unique opportunity to achieve political stability and peace. Covering the critical issues of elections, reconciliation and development, Chatham House tracked the country's path through years of crisis to identify new policy options for the future.

 

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About the project

Building on decades of research, Chatham House used its convening, research and analytical resources to identify actionable options for policy-makers to promote more inclusive politics and improve the prospects for a political resolution of conflict in Afghanistan. Through high-level meetings and rigorous research, the project examined the nature of engagement among and between Afghans and the international community as well as perspectives from major regional actors. 

Our partnering networks allowed access to a wide range of contributors and audiences, both internationally and in Afghanistan, and provided a platform for decision-makers to contribute to a roadmap for political transition. Significantly, the project offered literature in local languages (Pashto and Dari), adding to the analytical scope of the work.

This project was supported by a global advisory group and run in partnership with the US Institute for Peace, the Chr. Michelsen Institute, and the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU).

Project Output

Latest (38)
Research Event

Prospects for Developing a Sustainable Regional Policy in Afghanistan and its Neighbourhood

Members

Combating Radicalization: International Security Policy from the Bottom Up

Research Event

The Prospects for Afghanistan

Photo: Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Opportunity in Crisis: Navigating Afghanistan’s Uncertain Future

Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Military and Civilian Assistance to Afghanistan 2001–14: An Incoherent Approach

Photo: Lintao Zhang / Pool / Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan and Its Neighbours: Forging Regional Engagement

Research Event

Changing the Odds? Achieving Stability in Afghanistan

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani sits inside a covered golf cart after he and Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah arrived at Camp David on 23 March 2015. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Expert comment

Ghani Takes the Long Way Round

Photo: Mustafa Najafizada
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan: The 2014 Vote and the Troubled Future of Elections

Research Event

Conference on State-Strengthening in Afghanistan 2001-14: Learning from the Past to Inform the Future

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty
The World Today

After the departure of ISAF, what would an Afghan peace process look like?

Fixing Failed States: From Theory to Practice
Members

Fixing Failed States: From Theory to Practice

Lizette Potgieter / Shutterstock.com
Chatham House Briefing

A Comparative Perspective on an Afghan Peace Process: Why, When, Who and What?

Corporate Members

Why Stability in Afghanistan Matters

Research Event

The Pashtun Question: The Key to Peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The World Today

Afghanistan

Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai embrace after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 21, 2014. Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images
Expert comment

This New Era for Afghanistan has Come at a Cost

Image by Massoud Hossanini/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Who Wants What: Mapping the Parties’ Interests in the Afghanistan Conflict

Image by Massoud Hossanini/AFP/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Rebooting a Political Settlement: Engagement and Mediation after the Afghan Elections

Research Event

Colloquium on a Peace Process in Afghanistan

Pages

Research & Publications (19)
Photo: Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Opportunity in Crisis: Navigating Afghanistan’s Uncertain Future

Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Military and Civilian Assistance to Afghanistan 2001–14: An Incoherent Approach

Photo: Lintao Zhang / Pool / Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan and Its Neighbours: Forging Regional Engagement

Photo: Mustafa Najafizada
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan: The 2014 Vote and the Troubled Future of Elections

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty
The World Today

After the departure of ISAF, what would an Afghan peace process look like?

Lizette Potgieter / Shutterstock.com
Chatham House Briefing

A Comparative Perspective on an Afghan Peace Process: Why, When, Who and What?

The World Today

Afghanistan

Image by Massoud Hossanini/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Who Wants What: Mapping the Parties’ Interests in the Afghanistan Conflict

Image by Massoud Hossanini/AFP/Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

Rebooting a Political Settlement: Engagement and Mediation after the Afghan Elections

Leaving Them to It? Women’s Rights in Transitioning Afghanistan
Chatham House Briefing

Leaving Them to It? Women’s Rights in Transitioning Afghanistan

Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, head of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC), speaks during a press conference in Kabul 26 April 2014. Afghanistan's presidential election is set for a second-round vote, preliminary results showed. Photo by Shah Marai/
Research paper

Not ‘Legitimate’ Yet: The Need for Continued Commitment after the Afghan Elections

Farmers collecting wheat seed in Helmand. Photo: SAC Neil Chapman (RAF)/MOD/DFID
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan: Nurturing Political Space for Development

Farmers collecting wheat seed in Helmand. Photo: SAC Neil Chapman (RAF)/MOD/DFID
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan: Innovative Risk Management Approaches for Local Aid Delivery

Afghan election workers count ballots at an Independent Election Commission office in Herat, Afghanistan 17 April 2014. Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Why Vote in 2014? Afghan Views of the Elections

Local women poll observers watch over a polling station, as Afghans defy Taliban threats and vote in record numbers in presidential elections on 5 April 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images.
Research paper

Electoral Turnout in Afghanistan: An Act of Defiance?

Looking Beyond 2014: Elections in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Context - See more at: http://chathamhouse-production.torchboxapps.com/node/6827/draft#sthash.RNx9jTml.dpuf
Chatham House Briefing

Anticipating and Responding to Fraud in the 2014 Afghan Elections

Looking Beyond 2014: Elections in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Context - See more at: http://chathamhouse-production.torchboxapps.com/node/6827/draft#sthash.RNx9jTml.dpuf
Chatham House Briefing

Looking Beyond 2014: Elections in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Context

Roundtable Essay

The United States and Afghanistan: A Diminishing Transactional Relationship

Other resource

Afghanistan: Sustainable Engagement to 2014 and Beyond