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11 April 2013, Copenhagen: Conference ‘Afghanistan Towards 2014′ with AAN participation

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The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in partnership with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising a one-day conference with the title ‘Afghanistan Towards 2014 ─ Prospects for Development, Security and a National Political Settlement’ on 11 April 2013 in the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. Apart from other prominent participants – among them two Danish and an Afghan minister, AIHRC chair Sima Samar and Ahmad Rashid – AAN’s Thomas Ruttig also will speak.

This 360 degree conference on state building in Afghanistan pulls together high-level Afghan and Danish Ministers, leading civil society representatives and outstanding experts in a discussion of the prospects and challenges of Afghanistan after 2014. The vast majority of international forces will have left the country by then and the military pull-out will expectedly mark a new chapter in Afghan history.

The challenges and prospects for Afghanistan after 2014 depend on how the development on many different levels turns out: Will the Afghan National Security Forces be ready to fill out their intended role as security providers? What would be the outcome of the Presidential elections in 2014 and the hesitant steps towards national reconciliation? How can the regional dynamics and power games be expected to affect the prospects for peace and stability in Afghanistan? And not least, how can the Afghan power holders and the international community cultivate sustainable development in Afghanistan in order to make the country more resilient towards violent conflict and less dependent on international aid? (text by DIIS, see also here)

Venue and timing:

Thursday, 11 April 2013, 08.30-16.15

Christiansborg (Danish Parliament)

Fællessalen, Visitors Entrance

1240 Copenhagen K

Speakers:
Villy Søvndal, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation

Wais Barmak, Afghan Minister for Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

Mohammad Naim Baluch, Afghan Governor of the Helmand Province

Candace Rondeaux, Afghanistan expert, Fordham University Law School

Thomas Ruttig, Senior Analyst and Co-Director, Afghanistan Analyst Network

Ahmed Rashid, Author and Analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Postdoc. DIIS

Programme:

08.30-09.15 Coffee/Tea and Registration

09.15-09.20 Welcome

09.20-10.00 On the Path Towards Full Afghan Responsibility –

Risks and Rewards

Villy Søvndal, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Q & A

10.00-10.30 Afghan Security After 2014

Candace Rondeaux, Afghanistan expert, Fordham University Law School

10.30-11.05 A Political Solution with the Taleban – is it Possible?

Thomas Ruttig, Senior Analyst and Co-Director, Afghanistan

Analyst Network

11.05-11.30 Coffee/Tea Break

11.30-13.00 How to Ensure Stainable Development in Afghanistan?

Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation

Wais Barmak, Afghan Minister for Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and

Development

Mohammad Naim Baluch, Afghan Governor of the Helmand Province

Q & A

13.00-13.45 Sandwich Lunch for Speakers and Participants

13.45-15.00 Regional Aspects of Peace and Stability –

What can we Expect?

Ahmed Rashid, Author and Analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan

15.00-15.20 Coffee/Tea Break

15.15-16.00 Civil Society and Human Rights in Afghanistan

Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human

Rights Commission

16.00-16.15 Closing Remarks

Moderator: Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Postdoc, DIIS

Practical Information:

The conference will be held in English. Participation is free of charge and includes lunch.

Due to security restrictions registration is required no later than Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 12.00 noon. Please use online registration, to be found here.

Please note that the confirmations may be delayed due to the Easter holiday.

Please note that the doors will be closed at 09.15 after which entry will not be possible.

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