Afghanistan 360 Degrees… So What Now?

Afghanistan 360 Degrees… So What Now?

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September 23, 2021

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network:

Afghanistan is headline news again. Twenty years after 9/11, we are witnessing the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan. How and why did this 360 degrees turn take place? What was accomplished, and how did we engage in state and nation-building- institution building? What is happening now and what to expect now that the US/NATO withdrew and the Afghan government collapsed without much resistance.

Join us for a deeper look at Afghanistan and the post-9/11 path to 2021 and beyond.


Ambassador Omar Samad – Currently a Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council. Former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and France. Former Senior Advisor to Afghanistan’s Chief Executive & High Council for National Reconciliation Chairman.

Ambassador Peggy Mason – President of the Rideau Institute since 2014, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN, former Senior Advisor to Afghanistan Pathways to Peace, a civil society project promoting a comprehensive peace process.


Dr. Nipa Banerjee – Currently a Senior Fellow and Principal Researcher at the University of Ottawa. Served as a Senior Policy Analyst in international development and foreign aid for over 30 years with the government of Canada. Represented the Canadian government as a diplomat in Bangladesh, Indonesia, India/Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Afghanistan, heading Canada’s aid program in the four latter countries.