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Virtual Roundtable: The Pandemic and the Future of the Afghanistan Peace Process

Apr 23, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET

While the coronavirus has disrupted nations worldwide, the implications promise to be particularly acute for Afghanistan. Already facing the daunting challenges of forming a unified government and beginning talks with the Taliban, Afghanistan now faces a major public health crisis. On April 23, 2020, the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society (MVS) Program hosted a virtual roundtable discussion to consider insights into Afghanistan's preparations for the coronavirus, how the pandemic it is upending already fraught negotiations, and what all of this means for the future of United States involvement in Afghanistan.

MVS Adjunct Senior Fellow Jason Dempsey led the discussion with Zohra Rasekh, a human rights expert and CEO of Global Watch Group; Laurel Miller, Director of International Crisis Group’s Asia Program; and Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of New York University's Center on International Cooperation.