Join us in this high-level panel discussion as we cover security & violence, ecological threats, Positive Peace and the future prospects of Afghanistan. The discussion will be grounded in IEP's data and analysis of the country going back 12 years.
Ms. Lea Perekrests
Moderator & Deputy Director of Operations, IEP Europe & MENA
Prof. Michael Semple
Practitioner Chair in the George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast
Steve Killelea AM
Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP
Businessman & philanthropist
Major General Mike Smith
Former National President of UNAA
Executive Director Australian Civil-Military Centre
The recent fall of the government of President Ashraf Ghani and the second rise of the Taliban to power was stunning in its rapidity, but not surprising in its outcomes.
Many of the underlying causes and drivers of instability and conflict in Afghanistan have existed for a long time and have been well recorded in IEP indices and registers, and these causes and drivers had shown exacerbation recently, making instability and conflict more likely. There is a long history of resource degradation leading to conflict and conflict further degrading the resources – a vicious cycle.
Our analysis is that these underlying causes and drivers of instability are likely to continue to frustrate efforts for peace and federalised governance in Afghanistan into the future with the Taliban likely to struggle with its own challenges to peace.