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Online Event: Lessons Learned for Afghanistan from El Salvador's Peace Process

December 10, 2020 • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

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Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in Doha, Qatar in September 2020, providing an unprecedented opportunity for peace after forty years of conflict and war. As these critical negotiations unfold, it is important to consider historical examples of countries who have successfully overcome seemingly intractable conflicts to forge peace.

This event will highlight important lessons from El Salvador’s peace process in order to provide insight into the ongoing Afghan peace talks. While the conditions are significantly different than those in Afghanistan, the peace process to end the civil war in El Salvador can provide key lessons for Afghanistan on complex peace negotiations by highlighting both the successes and challenges of their peace process.

CSIS and the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC invite you to take part in the third chapter of the embassy’s “Lessons in Peace” series. The series examines the lessons from previous examples of conflict resolution around the world to provide insight into the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Opening Remarks

Ambassador Roya Rahmani, Afghan Ambassador to the United States

Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development

Ambassador Anne Patterson

Former Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs (2013-2017) and Ambassador to El Salvador (1997-2000)

Ambassador Álvaro de Soto

Former UN Secretary-General’s Representative for El Salvador peace negotiations

General Mauricio “Chato” Vargas

Congressman, San Salvador, El Salvador

Ambassador Ruben Zamora

Former Salvadoran Ambassador to the United Nations (2014-2017) and Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States (2013-2014)