The Political Economy and War Studies Departments, and Sciences Po Paris, campus for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies of the King’s college London organised a forum discussion titled “ Afghanistan Exit 2014: Foreign Interest Reconsidered” on the 28th February 2014.
Mr M. Hanif Ahmadzai, Political Counsellor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in London and Mr. Jawed Nader, Director of BAAG were invited to speak to the students about Afghanistan and the withdrawal of International forces in 2014. Professor Theo Farrell, Head of War Studies Department at King’s moderated the discussion.
Mr.Hanif Ahmadzai’s remarks focused on the recent and on-going developments relating to political, economic and security situation in Afghanistan. He highlighted the importance of 2014 as Afghanistan will be witnessing political, security and economic transitions. He stressed that with the commitment of the international community and the strong political will by the Afghan government, efforts will be made to ensure that these transitions will take place successfully.
The talks were followed by a workshop on the security situation in Afghanistan after NATO withdrawal in 2014. More than 30 students were assigned roles of relevant local and international stakeholders to simulate security talks, upcoming presidential elections through means of inter-committee negotiations, press conferences, and action plans. During this interesting exercise, Mr.Ahmadzai guided the participants through sharing field information and cultural insights as vital inputs to policy design and planning.