Event Date: March 13, 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm EDT
Location: FSS 4006 and Zoom
Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network
The sudden and rather hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2021 prompted calls for an official review process of international peacebuilders’ intervention in Afghanistan. While the final results of this formal review are not expected for a few years, this panel will identify international peacebuilders’ successes, mistakes and failures, as well as lessons to be learned. Which parameters should we use to assess success/failure of the mission in Afghanistan? Moreover, against peacebuilders’ experience in Afghanistan, we ask, what options does the international community today have with the return of the Taliban regime to Kabul, and a large portion of Afghans experiencing rampant poverty, human rights abuses, and violations against humanity? Should donor states and organizations return to Afghanistan and help the suffering population, as some analysts have suggested? If so, how could this be organized, and by whom?
This event will take place in English.
Kate Bateman, Senior expert on Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Florian Kuehn, Senior Researcher in Peace and Conflict Research, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
Dr. Jasmine Bhatia, Lecturer and Director of the War and Humanitarianism Program, Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
Tattiana Currey, former analyst on Afghanistan World Bank Group and PhD student, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.
Naser Timory, Afghanistan Research Analyst, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Benjamin Zyla, PhD, Full Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa