Afghanistan Events

Governing the Ungovernable: Frontier Rule along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border and Beyond

June 03, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Asia Program
The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region is a large, ungoverned space and a constant source of instability. Both countries have long grappled with the question of how to rule this rugged frontier, which many regard as ungovernable. This talk examines the evolution of frontier rule in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, and how similar models of governance have been applied as far afield as Kenya, Nigeria, Argentina, and even the United States.

Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy

May 27, 2015 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Asia Program
In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention.

Afghanistan: The Next Phase

March 25, 2015 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Asia Program
With foreign combat troops now out of Afghanistan, the country faces a deeply uncertain future. Afghanistan: The Next Phase takes an in-depth look at Afghanistan by placing it in the context of its tribal culture, history, and demography.

Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery Movement

March 23, 2015 // 9:00am4:30pm
Maternal Health Initiative
The world is about to hit a “turning point” in maternal and newborn health, said Laura Laski, chief of the sexual and reproductive health at UNFPA, at the Wilson Center on March 23. “In terms of strengthening the new health system for achieving the MDGS or any other goals, we have to focus on the human resources for health.” In particular, midwives.
Podcast

Media Briefing: Ashraf Ghani visits Washington

March 18, 2015 // 3:00pm3:30pm
Experts on US-Afghan political and security relations provide comments and analysis on President Ghani's upcoming visit to Washington for the media
Webcast

The New Silk Road Initiative Post-2014: Challenges and Opportunities

January 22, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Asia Program
The New Silk Road Initiative, originally envisioned in 2011, seeks to promote greater regional connectivity through improved trade and transit, the development of regional energy markets, strengthened customs and border operations, and deeper people-to-people and business relationships. What is the potential for this initiative, and what concrete steps have been taken? What are the challenges and opportunities, particularly against the backdrop of the recent foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan? And how can the New Silk Road Initiative help benefit an Afghanistan that faces major economic challenges?

Shaping the Future? The Role of the Regional Powers in Afghanistan and Pakistan

June 09, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Speakers will discuss the reasons why the regional perspective on Afghanistan and Pakistan is relevant, and particularly so at this point in time. Given the economic, social, and geopolitical challenges that have strong regional dimensions, the role of the five key implicated powers—India, China, Iran, Russia, and Saudi Arabia—is likely to become increasingly relevant as the new future for Afghanistan is shaped.
The Wrong Enemy
Webcast

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014

April 11, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Asia Program
A conversation with Carlotta Gall, Former Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent, New York Times
Podcast

Afghan Elections: What's at Stake?

April 07, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Asia Program
On April 5, Afghans head to the polls as the country attempts its first-ever peaceful and democratic transfer of power. Three experts on the ground will discuss the election results —to the extent that they are known—and their implications.
Webcast

Lessons Learned? The U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq and What it May Mean for Afghanistan

November 05, 2013 // 12:00pm1:20pm
This event will look at a newly released RAND study titled Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: The Final Transition, Operational Maneuver, and Disestablishment of the United States Forces–Iraq, which explores how our experience in the military exit and transition of responsibilities in Iraq might help to inform future U.S. transition planning in Afghanistan.

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