Afghanistan on the Brink? Reflecting on 15 Years of Intervention
In October 2001 as the world reeled from the 9/11 attacks, US and NATO forces attacked the Taliban and Al Qaeeda in Afghanistan. Two months later, at the Bonn conference, the post-Taliban state-building process began earnestly. While the initial intervention was broached with great optimism that a stable, democratic government would replace the Taliban, the reality has been far different. The Afghan government is dangerously divided and has lost control of over half of the country. While there have undoubtedly been development successes, such as the National Solidarity Program, the international aid effort has been plagued by misuse, poor programming and corruption.
A decade and a half on from the events that led to the war in Afghanistan, what lessons have been learned about state building, development and governance? And can the country ever put behind its past and take its place as a modern democratic state with responsibility for its citizens?
Hosted by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), this event will bring together panelists from Afghanistan and elsewhere to discuss what went wrong, what went well and what the future holds.
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Ashley Jackson - Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) Afghanistan and ODI
Rangina Hamidi – Afghan women’s activist and businesswoman
Adam Pain – Lead researcher, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) Afghanistan and Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), Uppsala
Date(s): 14 September 2016 to 14 September 2016
Location: London, UK
Main contact: Emma Merry
Telephone: 020 3817 0031