Political Luncheon with Ahmed Rashid

Berlin, November 8, 2011

Ahmed Rashid, author and journalist form Pakistan met in Berlin with members of parliament, representatives from various federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the geopolitical and security developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The discussion centered on the question of managing Afghanistan’s transitional process, in particular the security situation after the withdrawal of the international military forces in 2014. It was generally agreed that a stable Afghanistan could only be achieved with the help of a long-term and sustained commitment by the West.

Participants pointed out a number of challenges facing Afghanistan in the key sectors of the economy and society. It was noted that high unemployment rate and the ethnic division of the Afghan population have potential to cause conflicts and destabilise the country’s developments. Also, successful negotiations with the Taliban would be an important factor for greater stability 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.

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