Establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan remains an immediate challenge for the international community. The NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) 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, ARP works…” to “Through a blend of structured dialogues, applied research, and strategic outreach, CIC’s Afghanistan Regional Project (ARP) works on many of the most pressing problems facing Afghanistan and the surrounding region - from reconciliation to security to regional cooperation.

CIC’s applied research also targets creating a better understanding of key actors and issues in Afghanistan and the surrounding region. In 2011 the Separating the Taliban from al-Qaeda report challenged several prevailing assumptions about the relationship between the groups. The findings contributed to the development of separate international sanctions lists, which was a key step in the development of preliminary talks with the Taliban about a potential political settlement. 

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  • At the London Conference on Afghanistan held on January 28, 2010, the government of Afghanistan and the international community stated that regionally owned and steered initiatives stood the best chance of success. President Karzai and President Obama echoed that theme during the former’s May 2010 visit to Washington – their joint statement “underscored the importance of regional cooperation in promoting regional security and in combating illicit financial, criminal, and terrorist networks.”

    Tom Gregg
    South Asia, Afghanistan