Afghanistan Analysts Network – English


AAN’s Thomas Ruttig at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Afghanistan’s Uncertain Future: Fragmented Realities and Geopolitical Fault Lines

Afghanistan’s political landscape can be characterized as a patchwork of contending ethnic factions and ever-shifting alliances. The security situation in Afghanistan remains extremely fluid and the insurgency shows no signs of abating. Afghanistan finds itself in the midst of a modern version of the historical Great Game, that is, by virtue of its geography becoming yet again a pawn in the struggles over political ideology, economic interests and commercial influence. This seminar addresses the current situation in Afghanistan with these themes in mind. In what direction will the situation in Afghanistan most likely develop? What are the Taliban views of the future state? Is Afghanistan an endless quagmire for the international community seeking to stabilize the country?

Opening remarks and Chair:
Teija Tiilikainen, Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Thomas Ruttig, Co-Director, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN)
Anand Gopal, Fellow, The New America Foundation
Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Olli Ruohomäki, Visiting Senior Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Requires registration. For further information contact: Sannamari Bagge, tel. +358 9 432 7711, email:

When: Wed 30.11.2016 at 10:00-12:00

Where: Wanha Satama, Hall G
Entrance: Kanavakatu 5, Helsinki

More details check here.