Resources and Publications

Publications and Podcasts

Public Policy Forums

  • In September 2022, Aref Dostyar moderated a public forum titled, “One Year after the Fall: What Are the Prospects for a Political Process in Afghanistan?”. This panel provided an analysis on the impact of the first year of Taliban’s rule on the future of Afghanistan.

  • May 2022, Aref Dostyar and Lisa Schirch facilitated a public policy forum titled "Afghanistan: What Risk of Armed Conflict?". Afghan panelists analyzed the dynamics between different armed groups, including the Taliban regime, in Afghanistan.

  • In February 2022, Laurie Nathan and Kristian Berg Harpviken from Peace Research Institute of Oslo co-hosted a public policy forum titled “Revising the Mandate for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Reflections on the Recommendations of the UN Secretary-General”

  • In October 2021, Mediation Program Director Laurie Nathan convened a public seminar in Washington, D.C., on “Prioritizing Afghan Voices: How the International Community Can Assist Afghanistan.” During the event, Afghan speakers made concrete policy proposals, including offering input on a possible post-Doha Bonn conference and regional dialogue. The Mediation Program previously convened a webinar on U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Afghan Women Speak Out.” The Program has a partnership with Global Impact Management Consulting, which seeks to empower Afghan peacemakers at local level.

  • In August 2021, the Kroc Institute co-hosted the event, “Flash Panel: The Unfolding Situation in Afghanistan.” The event featured conversation unpacking the events directly following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and discussing what comes next in Afghanistan, the prognosis for human rights and women’s rights throughout the country, and the role of international actors and NGOs in navigating the current crisis. 

Other Works

  • In February 2022, Aref Dostyar and Laurie Nathan organized a Track 2 Dialogue titled “How Should the International Community Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan?” A diverse group of Afghan leaders and representatives from the international community, including the UN and aid agencies, participated in the dialogue which aimed to enhance understanding on effective policies for aid delivery and reviving Afghanistan’s economy.
  • The Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) team at the Kroc Institute is working to distill best practices in peacemaking and peace agreement design and implementation to support facilitators, negotiators, and conflict parties working in Afghanistan. PAM Director Josefina Echavarría Alvarez works with PAM’s research associates and partners who provide expert briefs and substantive advice on issues related to peace in Afghanistan.

The Contending Modernities (CM) research initiative at the Kroc Institute analyzes the role religion plays in the constitutional and legal order of Afghanistan. Ebrahim Moosa, CM Co-Director and Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies, is examining the judicial and legislative developments under the Taliban as well as working to engage a new generation of Madrasa-educated theologians on issues of revitalizing and exploring theology and tradition. A tried and tested educational curriculum piloted in other parts of South Asia helps traditional Muslim scholars (ulamā) in South and Central Asia to navigate a number of social, political, theological, and legal issues by deepening their theological and scientific literacy.