ZIF, AA and FES hosted an event on "Perspectives for Afghanistan. Progress, Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead"

© Konstantin Börner

© Konstantin Börner

© Konstantin Börner

21.03.2018

This week, Afghanistan once again took center stage in political Berlin. The German Bundestag adopted the renewal of the mandate of the NATO Resolute Support Mission and increased the ceiling for the German troop contribution to 1,300.

At the same time, the German government presented a report to the German Bundestag on the perspectives of Germany’s engagement in Afghanistan, which gave a rather mixed picture.

The National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Haneef Atmar, is visiting Berlin this week to give a first-hand account on the current situation in Afghanistan. He attended the public event ”Perspectives for Afghanistan. Progress, Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead” which was organized by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and ZIF. About 230 guests followed the invitation and joined for a lively public debate.

The highly interesting panel with Haneef Atmar and the Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Markus Potzel, was moderated by ZIF's Executive Director Almut Wieland-Karimi. Central to the discussions were the security situation in Afghanistan as well as opportunities for a political peace process.

At the end of February, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a peace offer to the Taliban and other insurgent groups. Therefore, a possible path towards a successful peace process was discussed among political compromisses which would have to be made and who could be possible supporters.