June 2009: Conference on Governance in Istanbul

In late June, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig participated in the conference ‘Fundamentals of Governance in Afghanistan’ organized by The Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) in Istanbul (Turkey). A conference report can be found under: Here

Presentation on the Policies Surrounding Senior Subnational Appointments

On 10 June 2009 Martine van Bijlert presented the findings of her AREU Briefing Paper on the policies surrounding provincial governor and district administrator appointments. The presentation, which took place at the AREU office in Kabul, was attended by diplomats, policy makers, researchers and Afghan government officials. To learn more about the Afghanistan Research and […]

Presentation on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law

On 5 June 2009 Sari Kouvo made a presentation at the Conference ‘Transitional Justice and Rule of Law: Institutional Design and the Changing Normative Structure of Post-Authoritarian Societies’ in Brussels. The presentation, which focused on the link between past and present impunity, will probably be turned into a chapter in one of the upcoming volumes […]

Presentation at EC Conference ‘Making the Difference? Strengthening Capacities to Respond to Crisis and Security Threats’, Brussels.

On 3 June 2009 Sari Kouvo participated in the panel discussion ‘Afghanistan at the Crossroads: Military, Civilian and Diplomatic Options’, as part of the European Commission’s conference on international crisis’ responses. The discussion focused on the challenges to state-building in Afghanistan, including the consequences of a compromised election process and the lack of institution-building. Sari […]

Afghanistan and its Region: A Review of Obama’s Strategy

The three co-directors of AAN (Thomas Ruttig, Sari Kouvo and Martine van Bijlert) participated in the conference “Afghanistan and its Region: A Review of Obama’s Strategy” (7-10 May 2009), organized by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. Their presentations focused on reconciliation and democratic pluralism, rule of law in the context of counter-insurgency, and the role […]

Conference “Future Prospects in Afghanistan and the Region

On 23 April 2009 AAN co-director Martine van Bijlert participated in the Washington conference “Future Prospects in Afghanistan and the Region”. Her presentation focused on the need to put greater and more thoughtful emphasis on “the third D” of the 3D approach (the D of governance and politics) and included lessons learnt from the work […]

KAS Election Workshops

From 20 to 22 April 2009, Thomas Ruttig moderated three election-related workshops at the Kabul office of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Representatives of the Afghan civil society, media, political parties and members of the Afghan Parliament participated in the workshop.

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