International scholars and political analysts will convene in Islamabad for a conference to discuss Afghanistan’s future after armed forces’ withdrawal, said a press release issued by Islamabad Policy Research Institute on Tuesday.
This comes after increased concern of the Pakistani Government due to its involvement in the region and in the US-led War on Terror.
Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar will inaugurate the conference at the Marriott on Wednesday at 9am. Titled “Transition in Afghanistan: Post-Exit Scenarios”, the conference will be attended by Dr Witterauf, CEO of Hanns Seidel Foundation, Germany; Ann Wilkens, a member of the Advisory Board of the Aghanistan Analysts Network; Dr S Gulden Ayman, Associate Professor at Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey; Dr Andreas Rieck, Scholar of Islam in Berlin; Dr Kayhan Barzegar, Islamic Azad University, Iran; Mr Brian Katulis, Center for American Progress, USA; Dr Christian Wagner, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany and other scholars and analysts.
The conference will deliberate on the situation arising after foreign troops depart and the impact it will have on governance, internal and external security, economic development and reconstruction, ethnic politics, reconciliation with the Taliban, re-emergence of the Northern Alliance, the regional struggle for supremacy and the post-exit role of the US on Pak-Afghan relations.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2011.