What Does the Withdrawal From Afghanistan Mean for Peacebuilding, Multilateral Institutions and the Region?


The August 2021 withdrawal of western troops from Afghanistan heralded the end of almost twenty years of intervention in the country. Throughout this time, military and political engagement in Afghanistan prefigured considerable levels of violence, as well as political instability in the country and region, whilst at the same time offering opportunities to citizens and groups who suffered prior to the 2001 intervention. 

As the consequences of withdrawal are still being felt – particularly amongst those who live in Afghanistan – it becomes more necessary to speculate as to what the end of the Afghanistan intervention will mean for those who were involved, and also for the ideas which shaped the actions of interveners. 

It is with this question in mind that the BISA Working Groups on Foreign Policy, and Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding have organised a joint roundtable. With presentations from leading academics and practitioners, the roundtable asks what does the withdrawal from Afghanistan mean for peacebuilding, multilateral organisations, and for Afghanistan.


  • Dr. Hannah Partis-Jennings, Loughborough University
  • Professor Roger Mac Ginty, Durham University
  • Imtiaz Gul, Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad
  • Dr Orzala Nemat, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Afghanistan
  • Abdullah Dayo, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Pakistan
  • Dr. Cornelia Baciu, Copenhagen University (discussant)


Chaired by Dr Christine Cheng, Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Donations for Save the Children Afghanistan

Given the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, we kindly encourage all event participants to donate for the Save the Children at this link: https://www.savethechildren.net/what-we-do/emergencies/afghanistan.

This event is jointly organized by:

BISA Foreign Policy Working Group


BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group


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