Political Breakfast with Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai and Mark Sedwill

Berlin, January 28, 2011

Afghanistan faces numerous challenges. These include particularly the reintegration of insurgent Taliban and the intra-Afghan reconciliation process. Which progress could be made in these areas? What are the perspectives? And how should the international community contribute to tackle the problems?

These are the questions addressed by Minister Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Advisor to President Karzai on Internal Security and Director of the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP), and Ambassador Mark Sedwill, NATO's Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, in the Political Breakfast. Representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks participated in this discussion.

In the course of the discussion some of the participants pointed out that last year in particular there had been a noticeable improvement in the stabilization of Afghanistan. It was now a matter of maintaining this positive tendency. Moreover, there were warnings against the premature withdrawal of international forces. Some of the participants said it would be a good idea to station NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014. However, these contingents would not be there to conduct military operations, and should primarily provide training for the Afghan armed forces.

The establishment of constitutional structures and the improvement of the country’s security situation, which will increasingly be in the hands of Afghan security forces, continue to be the most important issues.

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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