At times international news can seem far removed from life in Omaha, and a deeper understanding of the issues and their significance can be difficult to find. One such event is the ongoing Afghanistan Peace Talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban. When it comes to Afghanistan, Nebraskans have the local experts at UNO's Center for Afghanistan Studies to turn to for deeper analysis.
Sher Jan Ahmadzai, the Center's Director, wrote a piece published by 'The Conversation' titled, Afghanistan peace talks begin – but will the Taliban hold up their end of the deal? The article provides background on the US involvement in the Afghanistan peace process and recent history of the Afghan government and Taliban's relations in the country.
Hanif Sufizada, the Center's Coordinator of Education and Outreach Programs, was featured in 'The Diplomat' for his article titled, Afghanistan’s Economy – and Access to Aid – at Stake in Peace Talks. The piece is perfect for readers looking to understand the coincidence of November's 2020 Afghanistan conference in Geneva and the Intra-Afghan peace talks. The article highlights the degree to which Afghanistan's relationship to the international community—and therefore its economic development—will be impacted by the result of the peace process.
In addition to the articles, the Center for Afghanistan Studies hosted a live webinar on October 29th: The U.S. Presidential Election and the Recent Spike in Violence in Afghanistan and its Impact on the Prospects of Afghan Peace Process. This discussion was moderated by Director Ahmadzai and featured three panelists- Michael E. O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute, Ambassador Ronald Neumann of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and Ambassador Jawed Ludin of the Heart of Asia Society. The full recording is available to watch on the Center for Afghanistan Studies’ Facebook Page.
Link to the articles and webinar recording can be found here: