When the ISAF began working in Afghanistan twelve years ago, it had ambitious goals. Its mission: to bring peace to the country, to provide security, and to protect economic and political development. Now the UN mandate has come to an end, and the troops are heading back. The objectives, however, have only been partly achieved.
As a long-time ambassador to Afghanistan, Rüdiger König has accompanied the work of the ISAF and gained a deep insight into the country’s complex political and social context. In the GIGA Forum, he will talk about his experiences on the ground and his expectations for the future development of Afghanistan. This revolves around two central questions: How can the Afghan government, in view of the danger of renewed civil war, succeed in reconstructing the country? How should and could the ISAF continue to play a supporting role?
In solving these problems, Afghanistan's neighbours play a critical role. GIGA expert Henner Fürtig will address the impact of the conflict on the neighbouring countries, especially Iran. Hannes Ebert will discuss Pakistan's role in stabilising the country.
You will be welcomed by Prof Dr Henner Fürtig, acting vice president of the GIGA, together with Ronald Gratz, general secretary of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa).
Rüdiger König joined the Federal Foreign Office in 1986 after his studies in political science, constitutional and international law, and sociology. Following posts in the United States, Pakistan, and Belgium, as well as numerous positions in Germany (including head of the Task Force Afghanistan/Pakistan), he served as the ambassador to Afghanistan from 2010 to the summer of 2013.
Henner Fürtig is director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Hamburg.
Hannes Ebert is research fellow at the GIGA and is currently a member of the Federal Foreign Office’s planning staff on the topic of fragile states.