General David H. Petraeus, ISAF Commander and Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, met with members of the German Bundestag, representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and perspectives for the future of NATO’s military engagement in the country. A special focus was laid on the effectiveness of the COIN strategy in Afghanistan.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.
- Political Breakfast with Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist and author of several best-selling books, among them “Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia”
- Political Breakfast with Ambassador Mark Philip Sedwill, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan
- Political Breakfast with Michèle A. Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense
- Körber Foundation’s Afghanistan Forum, Berlin, January 2010