Asia Program


Civil Society in Afghanistan: Spark or Stumbling Block for Stability?

February 25, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Middle East Program
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

With international troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, Afghan efforts to promote security will increasingly be taking center stage. This event examines the extent to which Afghan nongovernment organizations (NGOs) can help achieve stability. Speakers will discuss the appropriate balance between state, market, and civil society in fostering stability in Afghanistan; assess the U.S. military’s civil society outreach and engagement efforts in Afghanistan; present findings on how Afghan NGOs are working to counter violent extremism and build peace; and examine how Afghan civil society is preparing for 2015, and how the United States can help.

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • co-founder and director, Institute for State Effectiveness
  • former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia
  • senior fellow, World Organization for Resource Development and Education
  • director of South and Central Asia Programs, World Organization for Resource Development and Education
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