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Fragility Forum 2020 | Afghanistan Crossroads: Troop Withdrawals, Taliban Expansion and Declining Foreign Assistance

July 21, 2020


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The U.S. – Taliban agreement was reached last February 29 against a background of political dissension in Afghanistan, expanding Taliban control of the countryside, and the probability of a significant decline in foreign assistance levels. Since then, COVID-19 has further darkened the projections on economic growth and foreign aid; newly re-elected president Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have entered into a power-sharing arrangement; prisoner releases have been taking place; and an intra-Afghan peace dialogue process is now anticipated. 

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan project will explore in this session key questions in relation to the next round of donor pledging for the country, such as: the stability of the state in its current form; the realities of ‘power-sharing’ with the Taliban; and the role of development assistance in influencing the balance of power, governance and corruption, and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

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Former Deputy Minister for Policy, Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan

Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit (AREU)

Independent Analyst

Senior Country Economist for Afghanistan

Principal Consultant, ODI Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan project