Why Stability in Afghanistan Matters
Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Chatham House
The speaker will argue that unless Afghanistan remains a priority for the international community, it faces the prospect of once again becoming a source of global insecurity. The inauguration of a new president opens a new chapter including for international partnership. But, this ‘twin headed’ government faces formidable challenges – including to reduce levels of violence and initiate a peace process. It also faces a shrinking economy and job market, a precarious fiscal gap, and weak institutional capacity to deliver on popular expectations.
The speaker will contend that deepening instability would be catastrophic not only for the long suffering population, but that international investments and the gains made over the last decade are at stake. He will also consider the regional implications, as neighbouring countries fear for their security, economies and societies, including a surge in refugees and narcotics trafficking.
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