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Is Peaceful Political Transition in Afghanistan Possible?

  • Robert Johnson
  • Jawed Nader
  • Michael Keating
| March 13, 2013

Chatham House Event


Panelists: Matt Waldman, Research Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Dr. Robert Johnson, Director, The Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford; Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House and UN Deputy Envoy to Afghanistan (2010–1012); Jawed Nader, Director, British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group.

As the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international troops in Afghanistan looms, the speakers explored what is required to ensure a smooth transition and avoid a descent into chaos.

The panel discussed the international community's post-combat role in supporting the political transition and reassuring Afghans concerned about abandonment and the prospect of civil war. They considered whether reconciliation with the Taliban is necessary or even possible, as well as how to address ongoing humanitarian needs in the country.

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For Academic Citation: Johnson, Robert, Jawed Nader, Matt Waldman, and Michael Keating. “Is Peaceful Political Transition in Afghanistan Possible?.” News, Chatham House, March 13, 2013.

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