The Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the first talk as part of the new 'India's Extended Neighbourhood' series, on: Afghanistan at Crossroads: Inter-Afghan Peace Talks
Mohammad Naim Tahir Qadiry, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi
In conversation with:
Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR
About the speaker:
Mr. Tahir Qadiry, Minister Plenipotentiary, is the Chargé d’Affaires of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India. He is also a non-resident Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan to Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives. He is also a Co-Chairperson of India-Afghanistan Foundation (IAF). Mr. Qadiry possesses 18 years of experience across various spheres of management, public policy development across different fields, and media industry expertise. He has a Masters Degree from Swan College, Oxford University and is an incumbent Ph.D. scholar from OP Jindal Global University, India. For his achievements, he was recently awarded Amity’s Global Excellence Award – 'Best Diplomat of the Year'-- out of the 190 ambassadors for his tireless efforts in fostering the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and India.
About the talk:
In Qatar last week, the Afghan government and the Taliban began negotiating over the future of Afghanistan. This is the first time the two sides have convened for peace talks since the beginning of the US-Afghanistan War nineteen years ago. This historic process holds the potential of bringing an end to decades of suffering for the Afghan people and stabilise the entire region. As Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said in his opening statement of peace talks: “In war, there is no winner or loser…We are here to figure out a process that will close the door of war forever and open the door of coexistence and peaceful life for our citizens”. The process also carries crucial strategic and political implications for India, which has sought to position itself as a constructive actor in the talks. To discuss the possible outcomes of this complex process as well as India’s role in it, CPR is delighted to host Mr. Tahir Qadiry in conversation with Ambassador Mukhopadhaya. The event will consist of brief remarks by Mr. Qadiry, followed by a Q&A session.
About the series:
CPR is delighted to introduce a new series entitled, 'India’s Extended Neighbourhood' aimed at examining opportunities and challenges for Indian foreign policy in the regions around it including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and West Asia. In the last few years, Asia has witnessed dramatic geopolitical and economic shifts as globalisation is coming under increasing pressure and traditional balance of power structure is eroding. At this moment it is critical for India to reimagine its approach to these regions as the country seeks to play a more meaningful role as a force for stability and prosperity. This is not only necessary to safeguard India’s own material interests but also realise its growing ambitions to become a major actor on the international stage. This series will bring together scholars and policy practitioners from across Asia and beyond in conversations about strategic and economic issues pertaining to these regions and India’s role in them. Drawing expertise from a variety of fields including international relations, politics, economics, finance and history, the series hopes to create a new platform for exchange of ideas across regions as well as spark new discussions within India about the country’s role in the continent.