Colloquium on Afghanistan: Call for Applications

Joint Colloquium on Afghanistan: Generating a Political Process in Afghanistan

Call for Abstracts: Deadline – Friday, February 16, 2024, 11:59 p.m./EST

Amidst the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, and other global crises and natural disasters, the international community must remain attentive to the conflict in Afghanistan. The Taliban regime continues to oppose entering into formal dialogue with other local political groups. Opposition movements lack unity, strategy, and programs to confront the regime. Social, political, security and economic grievances continue to grow in the face of the Taliban’s exclusive and repressive policies. In this context, what actors and efforts (indigenous and international) could generate a political process in Afghanistan that responds to the immediate as well as long-term dynamics of the conflict?

Through a joint initiative, the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS), the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) invite Afghan scholars and practitioners to submit an abstract responding to the question above. The AIAS, Kroc Institute, and USIP will select up to 20 authors to prepare papers (2,000-2,500 words) to be presented at a two-day colloquium on April 25-26, 2024, at the University of Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend, Indiana. At the colloquium, authors will workshop their papers to receive peer and expert feedback. The AIAS and USIP will cover travel expenses of the participants.

Please submit abstracts using this application form by 11:59 p.m./EST on Friday, February 16, 2024. Abstracts are limited to 250 words, maximum. Applicants will be notified as to whether or not their paper has been accepted by the beginning of March. For technical issues with the application process, please contact us via email at

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