Please join The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, December 4, for a presentation on The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People, and a panel discussion on the trends and shifts in the views of Afghan citizens from past years.
In November 2008, operatives from the Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out 12 coordinated terrorist attacks across Mumbai, killing 164 and wounding over 300. The days following the attacks saw tensions rise between India and Pakistan. War clouds hovered over South Asia for weeks before the crisis abated, in part due to U.S. mediation.
The effort to end the war in Afghanistan with a political settlement has moved to the forefront of the policy conversation, with all elements of the U.S. government, including the military, increasingly playing a role. In support of this effort, USIP is partnering with CENTCOM—the U.S. military command responsible for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East—for a panel on the status of the Afghan peace process and the U.S. military’s potential role.
The U.S. Institute of Peace and the U.S. Department of State jointly hosted a book launch event for Afghanistan’s Heritage, Restoring Spirit and Stone. The event included a discussion with senior panelists who explored how preserving cultural heritage in Afghanistan not only protects the invaluable contributions and historical experiences of people in the region, but also directly supports Afghanistan’s present-day efforts toward becoming a stable and prosperous nation.
Following his meeting in Washington with Secretary Pompeo on October 2, Foreign Minister Qureshi spoke at the United States Institute of Peace to share the new government’s strategy for engaging with the United States, and the world more broadly, for the first time. He also took questions from the audience.
For six months this year, USIP convened a group of 13 senior experts to examine China’s involvement in Myanmar’s internal conflicts—particularly those in Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan states—and peace process. On September 17, USIP hosted a discussion with the group’s co-chairs on the main findings of their report, which is the first in USIP’s China Senior Study Group series examining China’s influence on conflict dynamics around the world.
On September 6th, USIP hosted two panels that explored the election results, the factors that influenced them, and looked forward towards their implications for the new government - its opportunities, challenges, and the future of Pakistan’s democracy.
To discuss the outcome of the elections, the shape of the next government, and the complaints and challenges to the outcome, USIP held a conversation with senior representatives from Pakistan’s top three political parties (PTI, PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party) via Skype along with experts Daniel Markey and Moeed Yusuf in Washington, D.C.
On July 18th, the U.S. Institute of Peace held a panel discussion to examine the state of Pakistan’s youth and their potential impact on upcoming elections and democracy.
Following President Ashraf Ghani’s late February peace offer to the Taliban, a series of major international conferences that consolidated support for a peace deal, and a wave of pro-peace demonstrations across Afghanistan crucial questions remain: What it will take to get the Taliban to join peace talks in earnest? What will a prospective peace agreement look like? How does the peace process affect the Afghan and international military campaign?