Changing the Odds? Achieving Stability in Afghanistan
Chair: Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Afghanistan is experiencing immense changes. A new president is in place with a vision for the country and a determination to pursue domestic reform and a peace process. A government of national unity has been formed, but is facing a series of serious challenges. The economy is contracting, and both government revenue and overseas aid are subsiding. The bulk of foreign troops have left the country and discussions are ongoing as to the size and role of a continued US and international presence. China’s influence in Afghanistan is increasing and there are indications that Pakistan’s geostrategic calculations are changing. Reports suggest that an intra-Afghan peace process, involving the Taliban, may be imminent
Participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities for Afghanistan and the international community.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.