On the series of our Afghan Australian Intercollegiate Debate Rounds, APT and Monash University conducted fifth round on 17th September 2020. The debaters discussed the role of Afghan women and youth in the present peace negotiation. The series of the debate rounds will continue and soon we will organize the sixth Afghan Australian Inter-collegiate Debate Round.

Debate without borders

Debate without borders is an international debate tournament conducted fully over skype. it began in 2013 and continues to this day. we are excited to announce that in 2020, apt partnered with australia’s monash gender, peace, and security centre (monash gps) and monash international affairs society (mias) to organize a series of debates on the role of women, human rights and gender equality issues in the afghan peace process. these policy debates aim to promote women’s active leadership and participation before, during, and after peace negotiations in afghanistan’s peace process.​

Afghan - Australian Intercollegiate Eight Debate Round

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Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT)

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Afghan-Australian Intercollegiate Previous Rounds

First Debate Round

THB that women should have an influence on the outcome of the intra-Afghan peace

Second Debate Round

THBT the Afghan government and Taliban should agree to an immediate and humaitarian ceasefire in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Third Debate Round

THBT an international comission should be formed and assigned to protect Afghan women's past achievements during the Intra-Afghan peace negotiations

Forth Debate Round

THBT There is no guarantee in place to protect human rights during and after the afghan peace negotiations

Eighth Debate Round

In the context of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and the attacks on women's human rights in particular, a third party mediator should be appointed to help negotiate a peace deal between the Afghan Government and the Taliban.

Fifth Debate Round

The House favors youth over experience in the peace negotiation

Sixth Debate Round

Twenty years of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, established by un security council resolution 1325, has transformed ideas and practices of international peace and security

Seventh Debate Round

All people should have the right to freedom of musical expression, it is a crucial ingredient of peaceful, cohesive and inclusive societies

BP Debate Manual

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Judges Ballets

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Students Ballets

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Learning Path

Further reading:

John R. Allen, “The US-Taliban peace deal: A road to nowhere” Brookings Institute, 5 March 2020.

Natasha Kosev, “Peace Steeped in Patriarchy: Bringing Women into Afghan Negotiations” Australian Outlook, 8 March 2020.

Linda Mottram on PM, “Women’s rights need to be prioritised in US-Taliban peace agreement: John Allen” Podcast, ABC, 10 March 2020.

Melanne Verveer & Carla Koppell, “Afghan Women: Essential for Peace” The Hill, 6 March 2020.

Nahal Toosi, “Fears grow Trump will abandon Afghan women to the Taliban” Politico, 20 April 2019.

ABC Foreign Correspondent, “The War on Afghan Women,” ABC Foreign Correspondent, 14 April 2020 (available online until 14 May 2020).

Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA)-Victoria, “Women in International Affairs with Karishma Vyas,” AIIA-Victoria, 5 May 2020 (webinar).

Eleanor Gordon & Florence Carrot, “Coronavirus in conflict: The fight has hardly begun,” Lowy Institute, 8 April 2020.

Ezzatullah Mehrdad, Lindsey Kennedy & Nathan Paul Southern, “In Afghanistan, the Coronavirus Could Be Deadlier Than War,” Foreign Policy, 17 April 2020.

Madeleine Rees, “COVID-19: The United Nations Security Council is Doing What Exactly?WILPF International, 16 April 2020.