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Afghanistan's Future: Politics, Prosperity, and Security Under New Leadership

An Asia Society Policy Institute Event
An Afghan voter shows her inked finger after she cast her ballot on 5 April 2014
An Afghan voter shows her inked finger after she cast her ballot at a local polling station in Kabul on April 5, 2014. Afghan voters went to the polls to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, braving Taliban threats in a landmark election held as US-led forces wind down their long intervention in the country. Afghanistan's third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Karzai, who has held power since the Taliban were ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001, and will be the first democratic handover of power in the country's turbulent history. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Across the country, millions of Afghans have cast their ballots to select the next President of Afghanistan. The second round of elections was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, with two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, seeking to succeed President Hamid Karzai.

While Afghans await the results of the election, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) is pleased to invite you to an exciting discussion of the next era in Afghan politics, economics and security. Our panel of distinguished experts will explore from different perspectives what Afghans and Americans can expect in each of these areas in the new Afghan administration and with the U.S. military drawdown.

ASPI is also pleased to celebrate the launch of Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas’s new book, The Taliban Revival. Following the event, ASPI and Dr. Abbas will offer a book signing with light refreshments.

Keynote Address:
Ambassador James F. Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State

Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society

Ambassador Omar Samad, Senior Central Asia Fellow at New America Foundation and Founder and President of Silkroad Consulting
Clare Lockhart, Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE)
Hassan Abbas, Senior Advisor and Bernard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society and Professor of International Security Studies at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs

To register for this event or request more information, please email [email protected] or call +1 202-833-ASIA.


Event Details

Wed 9 Jul 2014
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Asia Society Washington Office at Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036