Asia Peace Initiatives Program Seminars

Webinar: 2021 Political Change in Afghanistan and International Society

Organized by Sasakawa Peace Foundation, "Connectivity and Trust Building in Islamic Civilization" MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), Japan Platform (International NGO)
 On August 15, 2021, the Taliban seized control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, marking their return to power after two decades. In fear of retaliation by the Taliban, which was able to sweep across the country at an unexpectedly rapid pace, many foreign governments began to evacuate their citizens and Afghan citizens also flooded to the airport. Scenes of an airplane taking off with people still clinging to the outside of the aircraft seemed to evoke the image of the international community abandoning Afghanistan. 
 After the attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, a coalition of the willing mainly led by the U.S. and the U.K. launched Operation Enduring Freedom and attacked the Taliban, which was harboring the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden. After a transitional government, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was established in 2003. Since then, the international community has been actively involved in supporting Afghanistan's peace-building efforts. 
 In November 2001, Japan enacted the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law and the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) resupplied U.S. naval vessels in the Indian Ocean. In addition, Official Development Assistance(ODA) projects and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continued to provide support. However, we are now faced with the prospect that the results of these efforts will be erased. 
 What has been the result of the international community's involvement in Afghanistan over the past two decades? How has the Taliban, labeled as "terrorists," been transformed? Will the engagement of Iran, Russia, and China lead to a geopolitical realignment of the surrounding region? And how can the international community contribute to the country's peace and stability in the future? We hope this webinar will be an opportunity to think about these questions with experts and practitioners. 
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17:00 Opening Remarks
Dr. Atsushi.Sunami (President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
17:05-17:10 Introduction
Dr. Akiko Horiba (Senior Program Officer, Asia Peace Initiatives Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
17:10-18:30 Presentation
 Prof. Koichiro Tanaka
(Professor, Keio University)
 Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto (Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, United Nations, UNAMA) 
 Mr. Takeshi Komino (General Secretary, CWS Japan / Co-Chairpersons, Japan Platform)
 H.E. Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali (Ambassador, Embassy of Afghanistan in Japan)
18:30-19:00 Q&A
 Prof. Masako Ishii (Professor, Rikkyo University /Board Member, Japan Platform) 
19:00 Closing

Speaker & Commentator

Mr. Brigien Suhaendra

Prof. Koichiro Tanaka

Professor, Keio University


Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University. He was President of JIME Center, a Middle East research wing at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan where he also held the portfolio of Managing Director until August 2019. In relation to Afghanistan, he has served as a Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan (UNSMA) and as a member of the European Union observer mission to the Afghan presidential election.

Mr. Brigien Suhaendra

Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto

Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, United Nations, UNAMA


After serving as the Director General for Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, he served as the Ambassador of Japan to UNESCO and Hungary. He was appointed the Government Representative for Assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He became the third Japanese Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to be appointed as the Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan from 2016 to 2020.

Mr. Brigien Suhaendra

Mr. Takeshi Komino

General Secretary, CWS Japan / Co-Chairperson, Japan Platform


General Secretary of CWS Japan, as well as Co-chairperson of Japan Platform. Japan Platform has been involved in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan since 2001, and CWS Japan is continuing disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance programs in Afghanistan.

Mr. Brigien Suhaendra

H.E. Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali

Ambassador, The Embassy of Afghanistan in Japan


Ambassador of Afghanistan to Japan. He previously served as Ambassador of Afghanistan to India (2012 - 2018) and as Deputy National Security Advisor and Special Assistant to the former President of Afghanistan.

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