About the Conference
Since its inception, the Afghan peace process has suffered from knowledge gaps regarding the positions and views of various parties to the conflict. This has impeded efforts to secure a lasting peace settlement. Currently, there remains a dearth of rigorous analysis of key issues of contention in intra-Afghan negotiations. The wave of fast-paced developments in recent months has produced new and uncertain dynamics that require fresh examination and questioning. As the US-NATO military withdrawal draws closer and concludes, what will the future of Afghanistan hold?
The lack of accurate information continues to pose an obstacle for stakeholders in the fragile negotiations process, particularly as they try to identify possibilities for reaching compromise in the current small window of opportunity for peace. There is a need to deepen ongoing discussions about the complexities of the peace process and to develop a scholarly knowledge base of the emerging points of contention, one that is grounded in a broader theoretical analysis of peacemaking.
As such, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) and Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) are jointly organizing a three-day online conference at this timely juncture. It will bring together leading experts on Afghanistan to discuss the main thematic debates of the negotiations, the most pressing issues of the ongoing peace process, and the prospects for peace following the US-NATO military withdrawal this fall. Speakers will address topics concerning the complexities of the formal negotiation process and the nature of a potential political settlement. They will also consider long-term planning for core recovery concerns and cross-sectoral and sustainable peacebuilding, including refugee return and peace education, from the perspective of inclusivity.
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Day 1: Monday, June 21, 2021
Panel 1: Complexities of the formal peace process
Panel 2: Regional policies toward Afghan peace
Day 2: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Distinguished Keynote address
Panel 3: The End-State and Post-conflict Governance
Panel 4: Aid for sustainable peacebuilding
Day 3: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Panel 5: Women and inclusivity in the peace process
Panel 6: Rehabilitation, refugee repatriation, and global migration