• Afghanistan after NATO pulls out: Will it stand or will it fall?

Afghanistan after NATO pulls out: Will it stand or will it fall?

10 July 2012

Houses of Parliament, London

NATO'S combat troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 with only training units remaining.

What impact will this have on the government and people of Afghanistan? Can Afghans be convinced that they will not be abandoned once NATO troops leave? Are Afghan forces ready to take over full control of the country’s security? How big a threat is the Taliban? Will this result in a ‘proxy’ war between India and Pakistan in Afghanistan? What lessons can the West learn from past mistakes to help build a new future for a nation torn by long years of conflict?

These are some of the questions which will be addressed by our expert panel of speakers. This is a timely event, coming closely after the Afghan donors’ conference in Tokyo.


Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs correspondent


Tobias Ellwood, Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East
General Khodaidad, former Minister for Security and Anti-Narcotics, Government of Afghanistan
Lucy Morgan Edwards, author The Afghan Solution: The Inside Story of Abdul Haq, the CIA and How Western Hubris Lost Afghanistan. Lucy will be signing copies of her book after the discussion.
Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS
Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai, Chairman of United Afghan Tribes

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA

Time: 18.30-20.00hrs


Contact Rita Payne at  rita.payne@commonwealthjournalists.org for more information on this event