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Copenhagen seminar on The Taliban and Afghanistan – Beyond 2014

November 27, 2013 - 09:00-14:00

The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invites to a seminar on ”The Taliban and Afghanistan – Beyond 2014” . This DIIS seminar is intended to aid a more nuanced understanding of this complex and enigmatic movement, and we are proud to present five of the world’s foremost experts on the Taliban. Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Østbanegade 117, ground floor, Copenhagen.

As a military defeat of the Taliban prior to the NATO pull-out in 2014 seems ever more unlikely, there is increasing openness to thinking about the Taliban as a movement that must be factored in when considering Afghan politics after 2014. This development requires us to abandon the predominant one-dimensional concept of “the enemy” – as tied to earlier military objectives – in order to better understand: How is the Taliban of 2013 different from that of the 1990’s? Which role might the Taliban play over the coming years? Will they negotiate for political power, and over which issues? And could they play a role in stabilizing Afghanistan?

Speakers include Alex Strick van Linschoten, PhD Candidate at Kings College; Michael Semple, Visiting Research Professor, Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast and former deputy to the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan; and James Fergusson, Journalist and author of A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the British Army in Afghanistan (Bantam Press, 2008) and The Taliban: The True Story of the World’s Most Feared Guerrilla Fighters (Corgi Books, 2011).

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required before 26h November.

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Copenhagen seminar on The Taliban and Afghanistan – Beyond 2014


November 27, 2013