Written By: Tabasum Nasiry
The Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies has announced that women will lead the 11th round of talks at the Herat Security Conference.
This centre announced on Monday, November 13th, through a message on its social media platform X, that the 11th round of the Herat Security Conference is scheduled for November 27-28 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
Among those selected to organize all the panels of the 11th Herat Security Conference are Sahra Karimi (filmmaker and former head of Afghan Film), Manijeh Bahari (researcher at Ankara University), Nazila Jamshidi (advisor for diversity, justice, and inclusivity at the Andakar Social Society), and Habiba Ashna (civil society activist).
They will work alongside reporters and columnists on Foreign policy. They will work alongside reporter and columnist Lynne O’Donnell, Jyoti Malhotra (Editor-in-Chief of National and Strategic Affairs at the Online Print Newspaper), and Susan Coble (writer and university professor).
The Herat Security Conferences represent one of the most significant forums that gather experts, researchers, writers, and university professors annually to focus on Afghanistan-related topics. For the second consecutive year, the organization of this conference has been entrusted to women.
The 10th round of the Herat Security Talks, held last year under the theme of “Comprehensive Political System, Models, and Roadmaps,” emphasized establishing an inclusive interim government and protecting human rights, especially women’s rights, as a solution to Afghanistan’s problems. Nearly 200 participants from Europe, the United States, and Asia highlighted these principles.
Despite repeated calls for the protection of women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan, approximately half of the Afghan population is still marginalized and deprived of fundamental rights such as access to education, employment, and participation in society from the most basic levels.
It should be noted that the ninth edition of the “Herat Security Conference” was held within the country. After the resurgence of the Taliban administration in the country, the Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies continues its activities outside the country’s borders.
The Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies was established in 2011 to address strategic issues related to Afghanistan in broader regional and international contexts and to conduct academic research in social, political, economic, and cultural fields. It has organized eight rounds of the Herat Security Conference to date.
The Herat Security Conference, created in 2012, was modelled after the Munich Security Conference. Holding ten rounds has provided a platform for discussions between policymakers and experts to explore strategic solutions.