Webinar: Afghanistan: Is peace unattainable?

On Monday 7th June. Lib Dems Overseas and Liberal International British Group held a joint webinar

which can be viewed at The Paddy Ashdown Forum YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/QGt3DbFjCao with: 

  • George Cunningham, Chair, Liberal Democrats Overseas and former Deputy EU Ambassador to Afghanistan 2016-18.
  • Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation in the intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban, former Chief Executive Officer of the Unity Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2014-2020).
  • The Views of the Afghan Civic Democrats Parliamentary Caucus and the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • Response by the Rt. Hon Baroness Northover, Liberal Democrats House of Lords Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs

President Biden has not gone back on President Trump's decision to pull out US troops from Afghanistan. Their departure means that British and other NATO contingents are also leaving the country. Yet fighting is intensifying. The Taliban is gaining ground on the battlefield. Women and other civil society activists are being assassinated. The "Great Game" with high stakes is back with many regional players also involved. Can 20 years of gains in building civil society, human rights and democracy, be saved? What chances are there now for the intra-Afghan talks to end the war and bring peace?

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