Afghanistan Analysts Network – English


11 December 2012, Washington: AAN’s Vendrell and Ruttig at USIP Event

AAN admin 2 min

‘Elections, Reconciliation, and the Final Two Years of Afghanistan’s Transition: Perspectives from the International Community’ is the title of two panel discussions at USIP in Washington DC coming week. From AAN, Francesc Vendrell, chairman of the Advisory Board, and Thomas Ruttig will participate.

As the clock winds down on the final two years of Afghanistan’s security transition, where does the accompanying political transition stand? The main elements of the political transition are the 2014 presidential elections and the attempt to forge a political reconciliation with the Taliban. These issues are interrelated. some say that there can be no effective elections unless a reconciliation process can first ensure adequate security conditions. Others say that reconciliation is impossible until there is a newly elected government in Kabul.
Both processes are affected by Afghanistan’s many uncertainties. Yet some recent developments have settled some questions and opened new opportunities. The re-election of President Obama has settled the question of who is responsible for US policy. The recent release of Taliban leaders by Pakistan could indicate a willingness on the part of Islamabad to play a more active role in supporting a negotiation. The consolidation Salahuddin Rabbani as the Chairman of the High Peace Council may yield greater progress in talks with the armed opposition. The setting of the election date by the Independent Election Commission fulfilled a longstanding demand by the political opposition, but also raised questions about the feasibility of holding elections.

The press of time will force the international community to take a number of positions on a number of complex issues in Afghanistan. Please join USIP for two panel that will look at both processes of the political transition.


• Steve Coll, President, New America Foundation; author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
• Jim DeHart, Director, Office for Afghanistan, Department of State
• Thomas Lynch, Distinguished Research Fellow for Near East and South Asia, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
• Clare Lockhart, Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness; author of Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding the Fractured World
• Thomas Ruttig, Founder and Senior Analyst, Afghanistan Analysts Network
• Francesc Vendrell, former Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Afghanistan and former European Union Special Representative to Afghanistan; Adjunct Professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins
• Scott Worden, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, United States Agency for International Development


• Scott Smith, Deputy Director for Afghanistan Programs, United States Insitute of Peace
• Andrew Wilder, Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs, United States Institute of Peace

This event will be webcast live beginning at 1:00pm EDT on December 11, 2012 at

Start Date: December 11, 2012 – 1:00pm

End Date: December 11, 2012 – 4:30pm

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Inquiries and RSVP:
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