Forum VI: Forging an International Diplomatic Strategy for Afghanistan

Afghanistan: A Road Map For Progress
Seeking Global Security

Forum VI:

Forging an International Diplomatic Strategy for Afghanistan; Is the President’s international strategy working? What needs to be improved?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
2:00pm – 3:30pm, Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building

Overview of Topics for Forum VI:

•  How do we work with regional stakeholders – Iran, China, Russia, Pakistan, and the central Asian states – as well as our NATA allies in order to improve the situation in Afghanistan?  Is the President’s proposed “Contact Group” the right forum and is it effective?

•  How can, or should, we utilize discussions on Afghanistan to open better relations with the Iranians in terms of US-Iran diplomatic efforts?

•  If we are requesting international partnerships and assistance for rebuilding Afghanistan, what does this mean for US compliance with international institutions (UN) and treaties (Geneva Convention) monitoring conflict engagement?

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Trita Parsi is President of the National Iranian-American Council. He is also the author of Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press, 2007), recipient of the Council on Foreign Relation's 2008 Arthur Ross Silver Medallion.  

Sweeta Noori is the Country Director for Women for Women International - Afghanistan.  During the mid-1990's, Ms. Noori worked with the International Rescue Committee on health and agriculture projects in Pakistan.  In 2001, continued her work with IRC as a team leader for implementing health and education initiatives in various parts of Afghanistan.  Prior to joining Women for Women International, Ms. Noori was an assistant to the Chair of the Loya Jerga Commission in forming the interim administration of Afghanistan.  Ms. Noori has traveled extensively presenting on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Key concerns and recommendations (01/24/1105:44 PMET )
Agenda (01/24/1105:43 PMET )
Summary Remarks: Sweeta Noori (01/24/1105:42 PMET )