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Dialogue Forum on Security, Reconstruction and Development in Afghanistan

Together with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University, the IEE hosted a dialogue forum on "Security, Reconstruction and Alternative Development Options for Afghanistan" at the RUB on 5 May 2010.

The dialogue forum, which was supported by the Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Germany, brought together 40 academics and practitioners who are working in, on and for Afghanistan. The off-the-record event created a platform for an open, informal dialogue on the current state of security and reconstruction in Afghanistan. It also aimed at discussing viable solutions to Afghanistan's current problems, which include the negative impacts of the drug economy.

2010-05 Dialogforum1From left to right: Uwe Marquardt (Innenministerium NRW), Katrin Bastian (Botschaft des Fürstentums Liechtenstein),H.S.H. Prince Stefan von und zu Liechtenstein, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to Germany, Shafaq Hussain (IEE), Wolfgang Danspeckgruber (LISD) (photo: IEE)

The participants were welcomed by the RUB's rector, Prof. Elmar Weiler, and by the Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Germany, H.S.H. Prince Stefan von und zu Liechtenstein. To fuel the discussions, keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of the LISD, the IEE's Managing Director Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein and by Thomas Ruttig, Co-Director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. The afternoon session started with contributions of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Agro-Action who reported about their activities in Afghanistan. Lecturers from the RUB's partner universities in Afghanistan, who currently participate in the lecturer training program in Management and Economics in Bochum, responded to these inputs by presenting local, Afghan perspectives on how security and development in their country could be promoted.

2010-05 Dialogforum2Participants of the Dialogue Forum (photo: IEE)

Read more about the dialogue forum on the RUB website (German)