World politics on campus: Afghanistan

Thursday 28 October 2021 - 18:15 to 19:30
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Online talk and discussion about the current situation in Afghanistan with Dr Jasper Wieck, Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The lecture series World Politics on Campus – Welcoming the World at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg provides insights into the challenges lying ahead of us. It attempts to shed light on the issues from more than one standpoint. We invite outstanding and distinguished international personalities, experts and decision-makers who are able to introduce the audience to the views of the nations and cultures they represent. Participants will be able to engage in conversation, ask questions and enter discussion.

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Dr Jasper Wieck, Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan will be our distinguished guest on 28 October 2021 from 18:15 to 19:30. He will give a guest lecture about the current situation in Afghanistation.

Dr Jasper Wieck has extensive experience in the region having served as Deputy Head of Mission in India (2017-2020) and Deputy Director General for East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific (2020/2021). Dr Wieck was Director for Security and Defense Policy in the Federal Foreign Office from 2012 to 2017. Previous postings include the German Delegation to NATO and the German Embassies in Moscow and Baku.

“Over the past twenty years the international community had been heavily engaged in Afghanistan. This is particular true for Germany which had not only been one of the major troop contributors but which also had invested considerable resources into the stabilization and the socio-economic development of the country and into the inner-Afghan peace process. In August the Government of Afghanistan imploded and the Taliban took over control of the entire country.  

Two and a half months after the fall of Kabul: What is the current situation in Afghanistan? What do we expect for the months ahead? What are our interests regarding Afghanistan? How can we make sure that our interests are taken into account? Is the international community united regarding Afghanistan?

The online talk and discussion will be moderated by Prof. Dr Hektor Haarkötter.

"World Politics on Campus - Welcoming the World at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences" is a series of lectures that intends to offer students and the audience to engage in conversation with outstanding and distinguished international and national personalities and decision-makers on current political and international issues.