Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project
Establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan remains an immediate challenge for the international community. The Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project (APRP) utilizes subject-matter expertise and extensive networks to support efforts to achieve greater stability in Afghanistan and the region. Through a blend of structured dialogues, applied research, and strategic outreach, we work on many of the most pressing problems facing Afghanistan and the surrounding region—from reconciliation to security to regional cooperation.
As Afghanistan faced mounting crises and ultimately a Taliban takeover in 2021, CIC stayed engaged through track-two convening and extensive commentary in the media.
CIC’s long-running Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project shifted focus with the retirement of its director, Barnett Rubin. It continued track-two engagement in the region through partnership with the Heart of Asia Society and the Doha Institute.
In August 2021, as the disastrous results of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan were becoming apparent, our non-resident fellows were able to shed light on events through more than 30 engagements in the media, including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, Frontline, PBS Newshour, National Public Radio, and many others.
Key issues highlighted were the urgent need for help for Afghans trying to leave, the fragile situation for women and other vulnerable groups under the Taliban, and the looming humanitarian crisis.