AFGHANISTAN AND CENTRAL ASIA: RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY
15:00–16:00 / HALL#237 VALIKHANOV BLD. KIMEP UNIVERSITY

By Armands Pupols
UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA)

Armands Pupols has been working for international organizations for the last fifteen years. He started with the OSCE field offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in the late 90s. Afterwards he worked in the OSCE Centre in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as an Economic and Environmental Officer and Chief Administrator. He joined the Conflict Prevention Centre in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna in 2004. Since the end of 2008 he is working as a Political Adviser in the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), particularly covering issues related to the interaction between Central Asian states and Afghanistan. Regarding academic background Armands Pupols studied international relations and economy in the Latvian University, Budapest University of Economic Science and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

NATO’S ENGAGEMENT WITH KAZAKHSTAN AND CENTRAL ASIA: POST-SUMMIT, POST-ISAF

THURSDAY, 9 OCTOBER
17:00–18:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING / KIMEP

1. “NATO’s engagement with Partners in Central Asia” by ALEXANDER VINNIKOV
(NATO Liaison Officer/Head of office, Central Asia)

2. “The results of the NATO Wales Summit and NATO’s future cooperation with Partners” by DESPINA AFENTOULI
(Programme Officer for Partnerships, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO HQ)

3. “NATO’s partnership with Kazakhstan” by TANYA HARTMAN
(Officer for Kazakhstan, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO HQ)

The speakers will present an overview of NATO’s cooperation with Kazakhstan and other partners in Central Asia, in the context of both the recent NATO Summit and the upcoming end of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN 2014: BETWEEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND WESTERN TROOP WITHDRAWAL

AFGHANISTAN 2014: BETWEEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND WESTERN TROOP WITHDRAWAL

BY THOMAS RUTTIG
Afghanistan Analysts Network
(Kabul)

SATURDAY, 12 OCTOBER
14:30–15.30 / HALL #2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

Thomas Ruttig is a founder, co-director and senior analyst of the independent think tank Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) based in Kabul and Berlin.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Ruttig graduated in Afghan Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1985 and speaks both Pashto and Dari fluently. He worked and lived for more than 10 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan. After his graduation in 1985, he joined the diplomatic service of the German Democratic Republic and served at its Kabul embassy in 1988/89. In 2000, he joined the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNSMA, later UNAMA) as a political affairs officer. During that time, he worked as an advisor to the Afghan Independent Emergency Loya Jirga Commission and head of UNAMA’s Islamabad and Gardez offices, respectively. In 2003, Thomas Ruttig was appointed Deputy of the Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan. In 2004, he joined the German Embassy in Kabul as a political councillor, and in 2006-2008, he worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Berlin-based think tank SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/German Institute for International and Security Affairs). Since 2008, he is an independent analyst on Afghanistan. In 2011, Thomas Ruttig was called by the Government of Afghanistan to join the Presidential Study Group to examine the topic of Radicalization in Afghan Society.

His online publications are available from the following links:
http://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/author/thomas-ruttig

BACK TO THE FUTURE: GERMANY’S AFGHANISTAN POLICY AFTER 2014

BACK TO THE FUTURE: GERMANY’S AFGHANISTAN POLICY AFTER 2014

FRIDAY, 1 MARCH
17:00–18.00 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY SEBASTIAN HARNISCH
HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Harnisch is Professor for International Relations and the Executive Director at the Institut for Political Science (Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg). His research and publications encompass German and American Foreign Policy, European affairs, theories of International Relations, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and Korean Affairs. His last major theoretical work is Role Theory in International Relations. Contemporary Approaches and Analyses, co-edited with C. Frank and H. Maull (New York: Routledge, 2011).

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND ITS IMPACT ON CENTRAL ASIA

THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND ITS IMPACT ON CENTRAL ASIA

MONDAY, 4 APRIL
16:00–17.00 / HALL#2
NEW BUILDING

BY ESADULLAH OGUZ
NEWSWEEK TURKEY
Central Asia and Afghanistan Correspondent

NATO & CENTRAL ASIA: THE ODD COUPLE

NATO & CENTRAL ASIA: THE ODD COUPLE

THURSDAY, 25 NOVEMBER
17:30–18.30 / HALL#1
NEW BUILDING

BY FITZ FITZGIBBOM
UK EMBASSY DEFENCE ATTACHE
and in country
NATO CONTACT POINT EMBASSY REPRESENTATIVE