Afghan National Army officers

With his announcement of a new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ strategy on 21 August, US President Donald Trump aimed to supply a much-needed wider regional approach to Afghanistan. The strategy explicitly identifies Pakistan and India as key players in relation to Afghanistan. But it ignores or minimises other influential non-South Asian regional players with vested interests, most notably China.

How will the United States implement its new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia? How will it impact Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and China amid their vested and competing interests and differing priorities from the US? How best to build an effective regional approach to Afghanistan’s stability and security?

To discuss the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia, its potential impact on the region, and ways of building regional consensus, a panel of international experts will focus on the key issues at stake. John Wood will focus on US policy, Dr Roger Kangas on Afghanistan, Jack Gill on Pakistan, Rahul Roy-Chaudhury on India, and Antoine Levesques on China.

To RSVP, please send an email to Lilli Harkonen.

This event will be chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS. It will take place in the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG*.

Please join us for tea and coffee from 12pm

Dr Roger Kangas is the Academic Dean and a professor of Central Asian Studies at the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Washington DC. He has been an adviser to the Combatant Commands, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, the US Air Force Special Operations School, USAID, and other US government agencies on issues relating to Central and South Asia, Russia and the South Caucasus.

John Wood is an Associate Professor at NESA. Prior to joining NESA, he served as the Senior Director for Afghanistan at the US National Security Council from 2007–2009, under both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Jack Gill is an Adjunct Professor at NESA. He is a former US Army South Asia Foreign Area Officer, and has followed South Asian intelligence and policy issues since the mid-1980s while at the Pentagon and US Pacific Command. Gill’s writing has covered US-Indian military relations, the 1971 India-Pakistan war, the two countries’ 1986-87 ‘Brass Tacks’ crisis, and military operations during the 1999 Kargil conflict, among other topics.

Antoine Levesques is Research Associate for South Asia at the IISS, where his areas of interest include South Asian nuclear issues, South Asian policies towards China and political perspectives on Afghanistan post-2016.

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Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury heads the South Asia programme at the IISS. He publishes on regional security and stability, provides select policy-relevant talks and briefings, and organises several ‘track 1.5’ meetings. These involve top South Asian government and intelligence officials on regional stability, nuclear doctrines and India’s foreign policy.

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Event details

Wednesday 18 October, 12.30–2pm BST
Arundel House, London
Dr Roger Kangas Academic Dean, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies
John Wood, Associate Professor, NESA
Jack Gill, Adjunct Professor, NESA
Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS
Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS