THE 2020 AFGHANISTAN WEEK
2020 has been a year when hopes and fears have intensified in equal measure in Afghanistan. The process of US military withdrawal has paved the way for long-awaited peace talks but has also raised the prospect of an implosion of the current order. With substantive negotiations not yet off the ground in Doha, and the looming, final pull-out of international military forces, the Afghan population face a growing crisis of poverty and insecurity. In the countryside, warfare continues. In Kabul, large-scale attacks are replaced by targeted assassinations and lawlessness.
What goes on behind closed doors in Doha, where representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government gather to negotiate the end of more than 40 years of war? Will Afghanistan’s powerful warlords support, sabotage or co-opt a negotiated settlement? How might the Taliban seek to Islamicize Afghanistan’s constitution and legal framework, and what would be the consequences for women and human rights? How much space is left for free speech and political activism in Afghanistan? And can any peace deal be sustainable without broader involvement of the Afghan population?
These are amongst the themes that will be explored during the 2020 Afghanistan Week, which takes place between the 16th and 20th of November.
The Afghanistan Week is a bi-annual event where politicians, journalists, academics, and activists from Afghanistan, Norway and beyond come together to address key issues facing the country, as well as to stimulate debate and understanding about Afghanistan in Norway. This year, the Afghanistan Week will be in a digital format and thus accessible to a global audience.
The Week is organized by the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue (NCPD), with support from Norad, Fritt Ord and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS).
November 16 – 19