Roundtable ”Afghanistan and Regional Stability in Central Asia”

  • Date: –14:30
  • Location: IRES library, Gamla Torget 3, 3rd floor, and Zoom
  • Organiser: The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Anna Appelberg
  • Seminarium

Registration: Preregistration is required. Please email to anna.appelberg@ires.uu.se for registration and Zoom link.

The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban following the withdrawal of NATO forces in August raises security concerns in the neighbouring Central Asian republics. The region’s governments are concerned about the spillovers of violence, refugees flow and the potential for Afghanistan to form a base for terrorist groups seeking to target countries to the north.

 

In response to this situation, the Central Asian governments, with the exception of Tajikistan, have made overtures to the Taliban, seeking reassurances that they will control terrorist groups based in their territory. At the same time, they have leant on Russia, China and Western powers to shore up their border security and counter-terrorism capacity.

 

The purpose and objectives of the roundtable are to discuss and exchange experiences between leading experts in Central Asia and Afghanistan on regional security in the context of understanding the emerging situation with the takeover by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

 

The event is organised by the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University in co-operation with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University and the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs.

Speakers:
Dr. Parviz Mulojonov (is a visiting researcher at EHESS Paris),
Dr. Edward Lemon (President of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs and Research Assistant Professor at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, Washington D.C. Campus) and
Mr. Nurali Davlat (an independent researcher and journalist from Tajikistan).