Tuesday, 22 September 2015

“Networks of war”: the example of Afghanistan

In the framework of the International Day of Peace in Bonn on 22 September 2015, Conrad Schetter, Director for Research at BICC, will hold a lecture on the topic of “Social networks and tribal affiliation in Afghanistan”.

Photo: BICC/C. Schetter

Networks—be they of a military, economic, technological or political nature, play an important role in wars and armed conflicts. This is why they have increasingly become the focus of attention of research into peace and conflict. Networks play an important role in the mobilisation of combatants, for financial and social resources, for the relationships between violent actors, but also for the backing by the population.

In his lecture, Conrad Schetter will share his observations on various kinds of social networks in Afghanistan and will characterise their actors. He will also talk about the question whether, in general and beyond the country of Afghanistan, networks are increasingly replacing other forms of warfare.

Before the lecture, BICC invites its guests to the opening of its current photo exhibition “A Call for Arms—Community security and arms control in Darfur” on its premises. It is an impressive documentation of BICC’s work in Sudan (18:30 to 19:00)

The talk starts at 19:00 hrs and will be followed by a discussion. Later on, drinks will be offered, and talks can be resumed.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Time: 18.30 to 20.30 hrs

Venue: BICC, Pfarrer-Byns-Straße 1, 53121 Bonn

Please register by 18 September by email to: pr(at)

Invitation (in German, pdf)

Bonner Friedenstag Flyer (in German, pdf)

Conrad Schetter and Susanne Heinke

Conrad Schetter during his presentation

Conrad Schetter explaining the ethnic constitution in Afghanistan

Interested participants at the lecture