June 15, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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A webcast about the state of U.S.-Taliban negotiations.

At the end of February, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace deal that calls for the full withdrawal of American troops within 14 months. This is contingent on a guarantee from the Taliban that they will not plan nor launch attacks from Afghan soil with aims to attack the United States or its allies. What is the state of the deal now? Are the United States and the Taliban staying true to their commitments? And what are the opinions of the Afghani people and other stakeholders in the region? 

Watch the full conversation below:


Shamila Kohestani, Senior Program Officer, Democracy Council 

Shamila Kohestani is a senior program officer with Democracy Council in Los Angeles and manages multiple programs supporting gender rights and civil society in the MENA and S Asia regions. She is one of the most prominent Afghani human rights activists and the former captain of the Afghani National Women’s soccer team. Read more.

Barnett Rubin, Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University  

Dr. Barnett R. Rubin is a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of CIC, where he directs the Afghanistan Pakistan Regional Program. From April 2009 until October 2013, Dr. Rubin was the Senior Adviser to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. Department of State. Read more.


Thomas Zimmerman, Director of Programs, Pacific Council on International Policy 

Thomas Zimmerman is the Director of Programs at the Pacific Council on International Policy, where he oversees programing for Council members and the general public. He started his career working in Kabul, Afghanistan, with American Councils for International Education. Read more

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