Afghanistan
Peace for Afghanistan!?

How can the peace process foster a roadmap for development?
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Since the US and NATO decided to attack the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11/2001 for harbouring terrorist groups, the country has been in a permanent state of armed conflict with the civilian population bearing the brunt of the war. Various inner-Afghan interest groups, regional stakeholders and international players - all with their own agendas - have added to a dangerous mix of conflicting interests, which never allowed the country to settle down and develop a roadmap for peace and development. After 20 years of continuous armed conflict, Afghans are craving for peace. But how? The ongoing, but troubled Doha peace process has not managed to reduce the level of violence so far. How can the distrust among the main stakeholders be overcome and a sustainable agreement reached, which will finally give Afghans a positive perspective for the future? What needs to be done to develop a sustainable roadmap for peace and nation-building?

Programme:

1830hrs(CEST)/2100hrs(AFT)/2130hrs(PST)/2200hrs(IST)               Welcome remarks

1840hrs(CEST)/2110hrs(AFT)/2140hrs(PST)/2210hrs(IST)               Introduction of panellists

1845hrs(CEST)/2115hrs(AFT)/2145hrs(PST)/2215hrs(IST)               BBC video, 10/2020:” New Taliban  offensive drives thousands of civilians from their homes”:
                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldgMW57HPkU 

1850hrs(CEST)/2120hrs(AFT)/2150hrs(PST)/2220hrs(IST)              short statements by 4 panellists

  • How can we secure the achievements of the past 20 years?  Dr. Marcus Faber, MP, Member of the Defence Committee,German Bundestag
  •  Is it possible to insulate the Afghan peace process against geo-political one-up-manship? Mr. Imtiaz Gul, Executive Director, Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan
  •  Mr. Mohammad Khalid Ramizy, Executive Director, Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization, Afghanistan
  • Mr. Abdulla Khenjani, the Deputy Minister for Strategy, Policy Planning and Coordination at the State Ministry for Peace

1915hrs(CEST)/2145hrs(AFT)/2215hrs(PST)/2245hrs(IST)             25 min moderated discussion among the panellist

1915hrs(CEST)/2145hrs(AFT)/2215hrs(PST)/2245hrs(IST)              Questions and answer

Panelists:

  1. Dr. Marcus Faber, MP, Member of the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag (confirmed)
  2. Mr. Imtiaz Gul, Executive Director, Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan (confirmed)
  3. Mr. Mohammad Khalid Ramizy, Executive Director, Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization, Afghanistan (confirmed)
  4. Mr. Abdullah Khenjani, Deputy Minister, State Ministry of Peace, Afghanistan (tbc via German Embassy Kabul)

Moderation: Waqar Rizvi, Indus News