Afghanistan Analysts Network – English


2 April 2014, London: AAN’s Francesc Vendrell at the Frontline Club

Thomas Ruttig 2 min

“Who will lead Afghanistan?” is the question to be discussed at this session of the London-based Frontline Club’s “Fist Wedensday” panel series. gears up for a pivotal presidential election we will be bringing together a panel of experts to take an in-depth look at the candidates and what they are offering.

“Who will lead Afghanistan?” is the question to be discussed at this session of the London Frontline Club’s “First Wednesday” series which is held in cooperation with the BBC. The round will be looking at the candidates and the challenge that awaits them of managing the country and relations with the international community.

Afghan ballot papers, c/o Pajhwok News Agency

Chaired by Paddy O’Connell of BBC 4’s Broadcasting House.

The panel:

Francesc Vendrell has had a long career in the UN and, later in the EU, in the settlement of internal and international conflicts, including Central America, Haiti, Nagorno-Karabakh, Cambodia, Myanmar, East Timor and Papua New Guinea. From 2000 to 2002 he was the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Afghanistan and from mid-2002 to September 2008 the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan. As Chair of the Board of AAN, he regularly visits Afghanistan.

Horia Mosadiq is an Afghan researcher for Amnesty International.

Michael Semple is a visiting professor at the Centre for Conflict Transformation, Queen’s University, Belfast, and affiliated to the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. He conducts research on the Afghan Taliban Movement, conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan and approaches to reconciliation.

Emal Pasarly is the multimedia editor for the BBC Pashto-Persian service. He was born in Northern Province of Kunduz, Afghanistan and as a result of the Russian invasion, his family migrated to neighbouring Pakistan. He moved to London in 1993 and began working with the BBC World Service in 1996. He also writes fiction in Pashto and has published two novels and four collections of short stories.


Time: 2 April 2014, 7:00 pm

Venue: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

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