Afghanistan 2015: From Transition to Transformation

Categories: Dialogue Snapshots,Next Generation Dialogues,Recent Reports,Regional Policy Dialogues

August 2015.

As the international community continues to transfer security, governance and economic responsibilities to the Afghan government, challenges abound for political and civil leadership in Afghanistan. While a small number of troops remain, 2014 was largely seen as the “transition” point for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as Afghan military forces took over national security. Additionally, international partners spent significant time and energy helping to shore up Afghanistan’s economy, making it less aid-dependent and more self-sufficient. Despite these efforts to transfer responsibilities to the Afghan people, it is abundantly clear that this year of transition was never a date of finality, as is sometimes perceived by both Afghans and the international community alike, but the launching point of a difficult transformation period that requires continued engagement of international actors.

Given the scope and potential impact of the coming transformations, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) convened a dialogue from August 6-9, 2015 to look at these issues and more. The participants included current and former policy makers, academics, journalists, artists, practitioners and diplomats. Read more about these conversations in our Dialogue Snapshot below.

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This dialogue followed up on several previous successful Hollings Center dialogues on Afghanistan held in 2011, 2009, 2008 and many other previous efforts. Also, watch videos that expand upon these themes, notably the role of the United States in Afghanistan, by clicking here.