Designing a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan

  • Date: 20th February 2012
  • Time: 18.30pm-20.00pm
  • Venue: Room 2.04, New Academic Building, LSE
  • Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
  • Speakers: Dr Lisa Schirch, Andy Carl, Horia Mosadiq, Rina Amiri,

The increasing consensus about the desirability of a negotiated peace process in Afghanistan has been accompanied by doubts about its feasibility. The design of a potential peace process can have an important impact on the chances of a viable negotiation and the quality and durability of its outcome. As yet, though, there are few detailed proposals for mechanisms to advance such a process in Afghanistan. While every conflict is unique, current efforts to end the war can build more on lessons learned from peace processes in other countries.

As pressure mounts for a negotiated settlement to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the panelists will discuss what a viable process would include and how it might proceed, exploring ways to engage civil society to advance a more inclusive peace process, and drawing on experiences in other countries.

Panelists:

Dr Lisa Schirch, Director of 3P Human Security and Professor of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She is the author of the report titled Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process for Afghanistan. She has presented testimony on this report to Congress, and at numerous governmental and military conferences.
Andy Carl, Co-founder and Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, an independent charity working internationally to prevent violent conflict, promote justice and build lasting peace in war torn societies.
Horia Mosadiq, Afghan human rights activist, journalist, and researcher for Amnesty International. She previously directed the Afghanistan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC).
Rina Amiri, senior advisor on Afghanistan for the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the US Government.