In Search of Peace for Afghanistan: Historical Perspectives
What History Can Teach Us About the Country’s Uncertain Future
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am EDT
Location: Online Only
Last month’s announcement that all U.S and international troops will leave Afghanistan before September 11, 2021 has sparked intense debate over the country’s future after over four decades of near-continuous conflict. Deteriorating security conditions, uncertainty over the level of international engagement moving forward and political instability pose great risks to the fragile peace process and the prospects for a sustainable political settlement. Many analysts have compared the current moment to the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, an alarming parallel given the years of civil war and Taliban rule that followed.
These issues are at the heart of a recently published book by the Kakar History Foundation and Heart of Asia Society titled “In Search of Peace for Afghanistan: Historical Letters of President Najibullah and Dr. M. Hassan Kakar — A Collection of Essays.” This essay collection considers the correspondence between the former Afghan president and one of the country’s leading scholars regarding Afghanistan’s post-Soviet future and the lessons that can be drawn as the country navigates the U.S. troop withdrawal.
Join USIP and the book’s publishers for a discussion with several of the contributing authors, both Afghan and American, as they reflect on Afghan politics and the country’s relationship with the international community as U.S. troops withdraw.
Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, keynote remarks
Former U.N. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Syria; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria
Ambassador Richard Olson, welcoming remarks
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace; former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
Professor of History, Stanford University
Executive Director, Kakar History Foundation
Ambassador Janan Mosazai
Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan and China; Co-Founder and Vice President, Heart of Asia Society
Country Director, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University of Afghanistan
Dipali Mukhopadhyay, moderator
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace