Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Talk "Afghanistan: Insights gained and lessons learned"

BICC and DGAP (German Council on Foreign Relations) invited to the talk "Afghanistan: Insights gained and lessons learned" (in German) with Brigadier General Kay Brinkmann and Professor Conrad Schetter on 16 March 2016.

General Brinkmann, Professor Heinemann-Grüder, Professor Schetter (f.l.t.r.)

Even though the majority of German soldiers left Afghanistan when the International Security Assistance Force's mission was completed at the end of 2014, up to 950 German soldiers still serve in the country in the follow-up mission "Resolute Support".

Brigadier General Kay Brinkmann was Senior Military Advisor to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until October 2015. Against the background of this experience, General Brinkmann reflected on questions, such as: How realistic were and are the political goals? How do civilian and military actors interact? What are the lessons learned? What should the Mission concentrate on? Can peace be restored through political negotiations?

After the talk by General Brinkmann, Professor Conrad Schetter, Director at BICC and expert on Afghanistan, discussed which conclusions ought to be drawn from the Afghanistan policy to date. The talk was facilitated by Professor Andreas Heinemann-Grüder (BICC).

General Kay Brinkmann, Professor Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, Professor Conrad Schetter and Dr. Volker Schlegel (f.l.t.r.)

General Brinkmann (l.) with Professor Andreas Heinemann-Grüder

Professor Conrad Schetter

Interested audiences during the talk