European Parliament Workshop on “Afghanistan: Challenges and Perspectives until 2020”, contributions by Giulia Bonacquisti, Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Arne Strand and Victor Tanzarella

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TEPSA coordinated the participation of two academic experts, Mona Kanwal Sheikh (Danish Institute for International Studies) and Arne Strand (Chr. Michelsen Institute), in a workshop jointly organised by the European Parliament’s Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Development (DEVE) together with the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Afghanistan.

The workshop, which took place on 17 November 2016, was chaired by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, Lithuania), Chair of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan and member of the AFET Committee. The main aim of this workshop was to build greater awareness in the European Parliament (EP) on current developments in Afghanistan, most notably in the aftermath of the Brussels conference on Afghanistan which took place on 4-5 October 2016. For this reason, experts were invited to provide first-hand information to enable a well-informed debate on the situation in the country. The workshop was structured around three panels focusing respectively on 1) the political situation; 2) the security situation; and 3) socio-economic development.

The workshop report was prepared by TEPSA Project Officer Giulia Bonacquisti and TEPSA Project Assistant Victor Tanzarella. The publication, including TEPSA’s report and the experts’ briefings, can be accessed here.