Francesc Vendrell - Former Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan and former Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head, United Nations Special Mission for Afghanistan
Nearly sixteen years after the start of the international intervention in Afghanistan, the country remains beset by a debilitating array of conflicts. Afghanistan continues to experience an economic and security decline since the withdrawal of a majority of international forces, and divided government since the 2014 elections has further undermined political stability. A lasting, inclusive, and legitimate political settlement remains elusive.
To achieve stability, effective governance, and prosperity, Afghanistan needs to reform and restructure its political institutions. This is a tall order in a country that is still reeling from years of turmoil – but it is not impossible.
This event, co-hosted by ODI and the United States Institute of Peace, launches a new roadmap for political stability in Afghanistan. Convening senior officials, diplomats and experts from Afghanistan and its partner countries, we explore the concrete steps and reforms that should be taken before 2020 to provide the foundation for long-term political stability. We also consider the implications of the recent announcement that the US will send additional troops to Afghanistan, and discuss what should be included in any broader strategy for the country.