"Security and Stability in Afghanistan’’, a Conversation with Mr Ahmed Rashid.
While Western powers walk away from the region, the continuing civil war in Afghanistan is destabilising the entire South and Central Asia region and introducing dangerous new players such as the Islamic State. The future of some Central Asian states and China’s stability are also inexorably linked to stabilising Afghanistan.
Mr Ahmed Rashid joins UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation discussing the current developments in Central and South Asia. The discussion explores the role of the West and Central Asian states in stabilising Afghanistan and controlling the spread of Afghan militants. As author of the widely-praised book Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, and as perhaps the most authoritative commentator globally on Afghanistan for the past two decades, Mr Rashid is uniquely well placed to discuss Afghanistan from a regional as well as international perspective.
Mr Rashid’s visit to Japan is sponsored jointly by UNU, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Mitsubishi Corporation.
About the speaker
Ahmed Rashid is one of the best known writers and commentators on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, and increasingly the Middle East, a complex area that he has covered in detail for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of five books, including the best-selling Taliban (2000) and Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia (2008). His books have been translated into over 40 languages and they have won numerous prizes around the world in many different countries.
He writes regularly for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Spain’s El Mundo, BBC Online and several Pakistani publications. Before that he was a Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent for 23 years in the region. Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.
Mr Rashid serves on the Board of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, he is an adviser to Human Rights Watch, and for five years served on the Board of Advisers for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has informally advised governments, the United Nations, and other institutions on bringing peace to Afghanistan. In 2001, he donated one third of his book profits to starting the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan which helped launch a dozen newspapers and magazines. He is also a key adviser to the Lahore Literary Festival that this year bought together 100 writers, artists and an audience of 75,000 people.
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