November 5, 2020 : Webinar and Report Launch – ‘On Shaky Grounds.’
On November 5, 2020, authors Saeed Parto and Lucile Martin participated in the virtual event and report presentation “On Shaky Grounds: COVID-19 and Afghanistan’s social, political, and economic capacities for sustainable peace”, commissioned by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). The paper examines the impact of COVID-19 on capacities for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The aim is to contribute to reflective discourse among Afghans, particularly civil society, and the international donors with long term commitments to assist Afghanistan. The findings are based on an analysis of the available data from secondary sources and data from primary sources collected through interviews with key informants from the government, civil society, national and international NGOs, and the donor community.
The paper raises questions about how current conflict dynamics and the nascent Afghan peace negotiations will be affected by the pandemic and its consequences. In this discussion, we want to explore the pandemic’s immediate and second-order impact on local, national, and international structures vital for sustainable development and durable peace. With the Geneva Conference looming large, we also want to discuss the pandemic’s impact on Afghan stakeholders’ relations with donors and anticipated and necessary adjustments to international support to Afghanistan.
The webinar was introduced by FES Director, Dr. Magdalena Kirchner, followed by the authors presenting a summary of their research findings.
Dr. William Byrd, Senior Expert Afghanistan at the United States Institute of Peace, and Mr. Neak Mohammad Mohibi, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister for Policy at the Ministry of Finance provided comments, before an open discussion.
The session was moderated by Dr. Timor Sharan, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the American University of Afghanistan.
The video of the event is available here ”