Seven years after the Taliban was ousted from power in Afghanistan, the country is far from becoming the stable democracy once hoped for. Ongoing regional insecurity has major implications for Afghanistan’s neighbors, international institutions, and the foreign policy agendas of the West. Through timely analysis and forums with leading experts, Carnegie’s Afghanistan series examines the political, economic, and security hurdles preventing progress and seeks to inform better policy options.

  • The Afghanistan Debate Forum

    June 10, 2008  – Paris

    The recent Afghanistan donors' conference in Paris granted the local United Nations mission broader responsibility for coordination and the Afghan government a greater role in reconstruction efforts. But the question remains whether the outcome of the conference will make a difference in the face of the daunting challenges posed by corruption, illegal drugs and rampant poverty.

  • UN Special Representative Addresses Afghanistan Priorities

    April 28, 2008  – Washington, D.C. Kai Eide

    Progress in Afghanistan requires more focused coordination by the international community and increased civilian/military cooperation to meet political goals, said Ambassador Kai Eide, the new UN Special Representative in Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, at Carnegie on April 28, 2008. Eide discussed how other nations can work together to address the ongoing threats to stability in Afghanistan, such as mitigating the food price crisis, promoting more effective aid, and supporting national reconciliation efforts.

  • Post-Election Dynamics in the North-West Frontier Province

    April 24, 2008  – Washington, D.C. Mariam Abou Zahab

    Mariam Abou Zahab, from the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, spoke about the social and political dynamics in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) that led to the defeat of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a coalition of religious parties, in February’s elections.

  • Is NATO up to the Afghan Challenge? Expectations for the Bucharest Meeting

    March 24, 2008  – Washington, D.C. Ali A. Jalali

    Ali A. Jalali, distinguished professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, spoke about NATO's record in Afghanistan just ahead of the NATO summit in Bucharest.