This panel discussion will reflect on the interests and roles of regional countries as it relates to Afghanistan's conflict, peace, and security under Taliban rule. The panelists – including scholars with regional and subject matter expertise on peacemaking and security – will explore the relationship between the Taliban and Central Asian states, and neighboring countries such as China, Pakistan and Iran.
The conversation will focus on each country’s policy of engagement with Afghanistan, with reflections on peace and stability and outcomes from previous processes. Panelists will discuss a peacemaking mechanism to bring regional and Afghan stakeholders together to address the current emerging traditional and nontraditional security threats caused by the return of the Taliban rule.
Richard G. Starmann, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Peace Studies
Former Consul General of Afghanistan to the Western United States; Visiting Research Fellow and Senior Advisor to the AffPAD program at the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Distinguished Fellow with the China Program at the Stimson Center; Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Quincy Institute Responsible Statecraft; Senior Fellow and Director of the Afghanistan Regional Program at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute
Senior Expert in the South Asia program, USIP
Visiting Research Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs, Elliott School of George Washington University