The resources spent on peace-building and development efforts in Afghanistan since 2001 have been enormous. The costs of Denmark’s military involvement from 2002-14 alone are equivalent to nearly 2.5 billion USD. Danish development efforts have cost more than 750 million USD and forty-three Danes have lost their lives during the conflict.
This RIKO seminar – the second in an on-going series – brings together a panel of experienced practitioners to examine Afghanistan’s current political, social and economic state, as well as such issues as the relationship between security and development. How can peace and reconciliation be achieved in Afghanistan? What is the role of diverse actors such as the UN system and youth groups? What is Denmark’s present and future role in Afghanistan?
The invited panelists are Michael Gregory Semple (recognized analyst of the Afghan Taliban Movement and currently researching the evolving rhetoric of the Taliban’s armed struggle and the challenges facing militant jihadi groups evolving towards a political role), Nagieb Khaja (journalist and documentarist, My Afghanistan) and Alan Mygind Vokstrup (Director, AMW Consult). Poul Villaume, board member of RIKO, will chair the seminar.