Afghanistan and Pakistan: Cultural Heritage and Current Reality

-Istanbul, Turkey-

2005ConferenceTensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan are a source of concern to the two neighboring countries as well as to the entire Southwest Asia region and the United States. In May 2005, Afghan, Pakistani and American scholars met in Istanbul for discussions that helped to illuminate the basis of misunderstandings between the two neighboring countries and to develop strategies for dispute resolution. The meeting generated proposals for reducing tensions, such as launching a collaborative tariff restructuring; establishing a joint agency to monitor opium growth and promote alternatives to it; organizing seminars to bring together representatives of different localities and livelihoods in each country to discuss issues of common interest; and conducting joint television programming.

This conference was held in conjunction with the American Institute for Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Hollings Center.

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