The peaceful future of Afghanistan is intertwined with the peaceful future of the region, even more so once the withdrawal of ISAF forces from Afghanistan will be completed by the end of 2014. The country’s direct and regional neighbors will have the honor and responsibility to support Afghanistan’s quest for an independent, secure and prosperous development.
In 2012, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) established a network of policy groups in Afghanistan, Central Asia, India and Pakistan for a regional project entitled "Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014. Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood".
The project participants – high-ranking and influential policy makers, scholars and journalists – met on a regular basis to build trust and mutual understanding and to formulate policy guidelines for the region, resulting in a joint declaration to be presented at this discussion.
Sarah Hees, FES Regional Coordinator for Peace and Security Policy
Amb. Mahmoud Saikal, Convener, Afghanistan Policy Group
Shuja Nawaz, Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council (Moderator)
Khalid Aziz, Convener, Pakistan Policy Group
Maj. Gen. Ashok Mehta, Convener, India Policy Group
Dr. Sanat Kushkumbayev, Convener (Kazakhstan), Central Asia Policy Group and
Amb. Haron Amin, Facilitator, Afghanistan Policy Group