Luncheon on May 23, 2019


Afghanistan: Political Order and the Prospects for Peace



In recent months there has been a flurry of movement in the Afghan peace process after years of frustrated efforts to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.  Is peace at hand and is it sustainable?

Our guest, Dr. Naazneen Barma, will assess the prospects for a peaceful settlement to the Afghanistan conflict, the current draft peace framework, and the complex governance challenges that would follow if such a deal were struck with the Taliban. 

In her remarks, Professor Barma will describe how past international attempts at brokering peace in Afghanistan – including the 2001 Bonn Agreement – have unsuccessfully contended with the underlying political realities in the country, which in turn have been forged by decades of conflict.  She will also discuss the view that Afghan elites have constructed a political order in which traditional, patronage-based governance stymies statebuilding and democratization.  Drawing on her most recent book, The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States (Cambridge University Press 2017), Dr. Barma will suggest a series of principles necessary for achieving a peaceful political order in post-conflict Afghanistan. 

Naazneen H. Barma is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Her research and teaching center on international engagement in post-conflict and developing countries.  Her work has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative, among others. Dr. Barma received her PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in International Policy Studies and BA in international Relations and Economics from Stanford. Dr. Barma is one of the founders and a co-director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Asian Salad
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Stir Fry

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests


Reservations are due by May 19 for this May 23 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis.


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